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Corrupt police sergeant jailed

A corrupt police sergeant who led a double life helping his drug dealer brother has been jailed for eleven-and-a-half years.

Salim Razaq, 33, who worked for Lancashire Constabulary, was labelled a 'criminal in police uniform' by former colleagues for his role in a major drug dealing and money laundering gang.

Razaq was caught when he plotted to help his brother Hafiz, also known as "The Enforcer" and "Big Haf", escape prosecution for his role in a violent turf war between drugs gangs in Preston, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

The former sergeant pleaded guilty last month to two charges of perverting the course of justice, three charges of possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, and money laundering by conspiracy to transfer criminal property and conspiracy to acquire or retain criminal property.

He also previously pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office by wrongfully "browsing" through Lancashire Police's Sleuth computer database to obtain information about family and acquaintances.

Judge Henry Globe QC, told the disgraced officer: "The offending took place over an extended period of time.

"It amounts to a breach of trust, a dereliction of duty and it amounts to extremely serious and persistent criminal offending whilst ostensibly, supposedly upholding criminal justice in your capacity as a serving police officer.

"Your actions have brought potential discredit to the police force. It would have made the tasks of other officers more difficult. In particular, I make reference to the gravity of your offending in relation to the firearms offences.

"It cannot be exaggerated that the guns you knowingly had in your possession were three sub machine guns with many rounds of live ammunition to be used with them. There was no conceivable, lawful or justifiable purpose that anyone could have had to have them in their possession."

Shaven-headed Razaq, dressed in a navy blue suit and grey tie, showed no emotion as he was escorted down the cells to begin his jail term.

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