Montreal police raised a red flag about Toronto drug squad cops in 1997: report
Published Monday, August 31, 2009 9:10AM EDT
Montreal police alerted the Toronto Police Service to possible corruption within its drug squad back in 1997, but the red flag was ignored, newly obtained internal documents show.
The now-defunct group of drug squad officers was at the centre of a massive police corruption probe, following complaints from drug dealers that prompted an internal investigation carried out by a special task force.
CBC News and the Toronto Star obtained a 2004 Montreal police document that reveals the force informed Toronto police they were concerned after a "suspicious" encounter with a pair of drug squad officers in 1997.
According to the document, the officers from Toronto appeared to be intent on obtaining cash from a suspect's safety deposit box.
Seven years later, charges were laid against six drug squad members for allegedly robbing drug dealers.