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Cop denies drug charge

A veteran Peel police officer has denied stealing 15 bricks of suspected cocaine from a botched RCMP-controlled delivery.

A veteran Peel police officer has denied stealing 15 bricks of suspected cocaine from a botched RCMP-controlled delivery.

Const. Sheldon Cook yesterday insisted he was told by his bosses to take the packages home to Cambridge when he discovered them in the trunk of his police cruiser after his shift ended in the early hours of Nov. 17, 2005. He said he had intended to drop the packages off at morality later that morning on his way to court.

“I never thought I was leaving with a trunk full of drugs,” Cook said, testifying at his Brampton trial. He said he had been told the drugs were flour, not cocaine.

Federal prosecutors David Rowcliffe and Ania Weiler say Cook took the drugs, which he believed were real, during his involvement as part of Det. Marty Rykhoff’s crew investigating the seizure of 102 bricks of suspected cocaine from a courier truck the night before.

The drugs turned out to be flour, part of an RCMP-controlled delivery from Peru to Canada that went missing 12 hours earlier after arriving at Pearson International Airport.

Cook, 40, has pleaded not guilty to seven criminal charges in this judge-alone trial before Justice Casey Hill that began last November.

Cook is charged with attempt to possess a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and breach of trust as a police officer. He is suspended with pay.

 
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