Officer held over ‘drug-dealing’

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Published: Sunday 7th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A senior gay police officer who was awarded the MBE has been arrested on suspicion of dealing Class A drugs.

Chief Inspector Paul Cahill was found slumped over his wheel in Wandsworth Road in Lambeth by passing policemen.

When officers searched the 43-year-old’s vehicle they allegedly uncovered a stash of Class A drugs.

He was arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and being made unfit to drive through alcohol or drugs.

He was taken to a south London police station and bailed until January.

More Class A drugs – a category which includes cocaine and heroin – are believed to have been found at his home.

Chief Insp Cahill was also suspended from his duties as a member of Westminster borough command.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said it was not its policy to name people who had been arrested, but confirmed a Chief Inspector had been seized on Monday.

He said: “We can confirm a Chief Inspector from Territorial Policing was arrested in Wandsworth Road on Monday, 1 December on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a substance thought to be class A drugs. He was also arrested on a drink drive related offence. A breath test was not administered.

“He was taken to a south London police station. He has been bailed to return to a south London police station in January.

“The officer has been suspended.”

The decorated officer, who was given the MBE in 2004 for services to diversity in policing, heads a team that clamps down on crimes such as drug dealing in Soho and the West End.

Mr Cahill hit the headlines after becoming the victim of a homophobic attack in 1996.

A year later he appeared on the front of the Gay Times in full uniform.

He was also involved in using gay officers to reassure the public and gather intelligence around Old Compton Street in the aftermath of the Soho nail bombing in 1999.

He was chair of the Gay Police Association until it was disbanded in April and was praised by the Met for his work in revolutionising attitudes to gay men in policing.

One ex-colleague told the Sun: “He is a brave, outspoken and a first class police officer. His colleagues will be shocked.”

Published: Sunday 7th December 2014 by The News Editor

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