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Police officer jailed for dealing steroids

A former Metropolitan Police officer was jailed today after admitting dealing steroids and perverting the course of justice.

Justin Weaver, 28, of Swansea, South Wales, was uncovered as a long-time anabolic steroid addict as he was jailed for 16 months.

He used an ex-girlfriend and South Wales Police civilian worker to check whether his activities were being investigated, the court heard.

Weaver was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court today with five others who all played larger or smaller parts in the complex drug case.

He was 19 when he started taking the illegal drugs, used widely by body-builders, while working at a gym, the court was told.

From then on he became psychologically dependant on the drugs which ultimately led to his dramatic fall from grace.

He had used his contacts in the city to supply a handful of body-building friends with the drugs.

Judge Peter Heywood told him his actions amounted to a ”gross breach of trust” as he jailed him today.

”Your culpability is the most extreme because you were a serving police officer with the Metropolitan Police,” he said.

”You have let down yourself, your family, your colleagues and the police force.”

With him today was Weaver’s ex-girlfriend Amanda Griffin, 29, of Swansea, who used her position as a civilian police worker to help him.

As a call handler in the Force’s Occurrence Bureau she was able to access police intelligence and carried out checks on his name.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, told the court she had also helped him avoid prosecution after he was caught speeding driving her car

Weaver and Griffin had both previously admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Both also admitted conspiracy to commit wilful misconduct in public office.

Weaver alone also admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

Griffin was given a 24-week jail term suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work.

Body-builder and ambulance worker Alan Dutton, 37, of Swansea, was also jailed today for supplying Weaver with steroids. He admitted two counts of supplying controlled drugs, steroids and diazepam, and was jailed for 10 months.

John Griffiths, 41, was given a 26-week prison term, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work. He admitted allowing his premises, TBS Nutrition in Oxford Street, Swansea, to be used for the supply of controlled drugs.

Andrew Surman, 32, of Swansea, admitted a single charge of supplying a controlled drug. He was given a 32-week jail term, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to do 18 months of unpaid work.

Leighton Hackles, 32, admitted conspiracy to supply controlled drugs. He was jailed for 40 weeks, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.