FIVE Wigan men – including two police officers – have been accused of involvement in a steroids plot.
One of the officers, DC Paul David Fletcher, is also alleged to have leaked intelligence to crooks.
Paul David Fletcher, who works for Merseyside Police in St Helens CID, appeared in the dock at Liverpool Crown Court with his son Paul Michael Fletcher, 26, his nephew Carl Fletcher, 27, fellow St Helens policeman Sgt Paul Hornby, 42, and a fifth man, Terry Bridge, 23.
Fletcher Snr, 46, of Downall Green Road, Ashton, his son and Hornby all denied supplying controlled drugs between October 5, 2010 and March 24 2011.
Fletcher Snr also denied three offences of misconduct in a public office. One of them claims he arranged to meet a man he knew or believed to be on bail for a firearms offence.
It is alleged he discussed the man’s arrest, advised him on the police tactics used to investigate him, and helped suggest ways the suspect could frustrate the police inquiry.
It is also claimed he gave information about how another man received a lenient sentence because he was a police informant, while a third alleges he accessed sensitive police data on police files and leaked it on February 1.
Alongside his son and Bridge, the officer also denied cultivating cannabis plants between November 21, last year and January 20, and a further offence of possessing a controlled drug on March 23.
Fletcher Jnr, of Richmond Hill, Pemberton, admitted six charges of supplying a controlled drug – on five occasions to an undercover officer and on one occasion to Hornby – between December 4 and February 2. Sgt Hornby, of Bembridge Court, Winstanley, pleaded not guilty to drug possession with intent to supply on February 2.
Bridge, of Poplar Avenue, Pemberton, also denied supplying a controlled drug on January 28, being concerned in the supply of such drugs to Hornby on February 2, and possessing 17 different types of illegal drugs on March 23 with intent to supply.
Carl Fletcher, of Old Road, Ashton, denied a similar charge, involving 16 types of class C drugs from March 23.
Judge John Roberts fixed a trial for November 15. All five men were granted bail.