A police prosecutor has appeared in court charged with using
methamphetamine and cannabis.
Brent William Thomson, 49, works as a prosecutor in Auckland
based at the central police station.
He appeared in the Waitakere District Court yesterday
afternoon on three charges - using and possessing
methamphetamine and using cannabis.
He was arrested after a search warrant was executed at his
After a brief appearance Thomson was remanded on bail until
his next appearance on October 17.
"He has been stood down from duties pending the outcome of
the criminal matters and an employment investigation," said
Inspector Mike Johnson, operations manager for the Police
Thomson's arrest follows a number of other cases where police
have faced drug-related charges.
In May this year Auckland prosecutor Tim Sarah was sentenced
to four years' jail after pleading guilty to five charges,
including supplying methamphetamine and dishonestly accessing
the police intelligence computer system to get confidential
Sarah, 37, sold methamphetamine during his lunch break and
passed secret information from police files to his drug
In May 36-year-old Henderson cop Peter Pakau was arrested on
27 counts relating to methamphetamine and accessing the
police computer system to supplying information to gang
Last month Pakau's colleague Lotovale Perese, who worked as
police prisoner escort at the Waitakere District Court,
pleaded guilty to smuggling pre-ordered cannabis, letters,
lighters, tattoo ink, USB sticks, a cellphone, a watch and
various other contraband to 16 prisoners over a six-month
period. The 42-year old will be sentenced in December.
Earlier this year former Whangarei Detective Sergeant Michael
David Blowers was charged with supplying methamphetamine and
selling cannabis while in charge of the organised crime unit
- Anna Leask of the NZ Herald