Prison sentence for Munich policeman in drug scandal process

IA 28-year-old officer has been sentenced to two years and six months in prison in a lawsuit about the drug scandal at the Munich police. The Munich district court came to the conclusion on Friday that the police officer had acquired drugs in more than 50 cases between 2016 and 2017 and had repeatedly sold them to colleagues. In addition, he had warned his dealer about investigations by the narcotics squad and was thus guilty of divulging official secrets.

Among other things, the indictment referred to 69 cases of acquisition, not all of which the court recognized as proven. The public prosecutor’s office accused the police officer, who has since been suspended, of having had cocaine delivered to the police station and to the Oktoberfest duty. Judge Elisabeth Ehrl also accused the 28-year-old of having “considerably shaken confidence in your profession” because of such excesses.

The rule of law must “show its teeth”

At the start of the trial in early February, the accused confessed in tears. He admitted that the cocaine came from a dealer who was a key witness in this and other trials. When the drug was resold, however, the official did not claim to have made a profit.

He explained that he came into contact with cocaine as follows: “It was a combination of huge weakness and my somehow young age.” With his actions he “did shit”. Even with his last word, the accused cried and apologized for having dealt with drugs “uninhibitedly and snotty”. His actions are “incredibly embarrassing”. He now wants to take responsibility for his family.

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The prosecution had asked for a sentence of three years in prison. The rule of law must “show its teeth” because of the special position of the police, said public prosecutor Jakob Schmidkonz. The defense pleaded for a lower sentence, which should be suspended on probation. According to her account, far fewer drug purchases were proven in the trial.

The drug scandal shook the police headquarters in Munich in 2020. The public prosecutor’s office conducted 39 investigations against 37 police officers. 15 proceedings were discontinued, according to spokeswoman Anne Leiding, a penal order was requested in twelve cases. Last Tuesday, a 27-year-old police officer was fined for similar offenses. In total, the Munich public prosecutor’s office has brought six charges because of the drug scandal.

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