A detective with West Yorkshire Police has gone on trial charged with stealing drugs with a street value of hundreds of thousands of pounds from his own force and plotting to sell them. Nicholas McFadden is accused with his brother Simon of a large scale criminal conspiracy.
Nicholas McFadden is accused of stealing large quantities of cocaine, heroin, cannabis and amphetamine which had been seized from drug dealers. Prosecutors say when he was arrested, he claimed he had found hundreds of thousands of pounds dumped by three men in a van near the M62 at Castleford.
Nicholas Mcfadden denies theft. He and Simon McFadden deny conspiracy to supply drugs. Nicholas McFadden has admitted money-laundering, a charge his brother denies. Simon McFadden's wife Karen has pleaded guilty to one charge of money-laundering. The trial at Leeds Crown Court continues.