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Former police officers jailed

Two former West Midlands Police officers have today (Monday 2 October) been jailed after plotting to steal and sell drugs for profit and abusing their positions to access confidential police intelligence systems.

Wahid Husman, aged 47, and Tahsib Majid, aged 35, who were both constables based in Birmingham, were arrested earlier this year following an investigation carried out by the force’s own Counter Corruption Unit, with specialist support provided by colleagues from the National Crime Agency(NCA).

Husman was jailed for 16 years after pleading guilty to drug offences, conspiracy to steal and misconduct in a public office.

Majid was jailed for 15 years after being convicted of misconduct in a public office, conspiracy to possess drugs with intent to supply and unlawful disclosure of personal data, following a short trial at Birmingham Crown Court in August.

Both were dismissed from the force following their convictions.

Husman (L) and Majid (R) below

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The two used their roles to conspire to steal quantities of Class A and B drugs. 

Husman accessed police computer systems to feed information to a number of criminal associates. While Majid committed a Data Protection offence on behalf of an associate.

Five other men; Imran Rehman, Asam Qayum, Shazad Mushtaq, Akeem Rasab and Imaan Haidri, were also jailed today after they also admitted to a number of offences in connection with the investigation.

A surveillance operation, led by the force’s Counter Corruption Unit, captured the former officers talking about drug dealing on duty and conspiring with criminal associates to steal a consignment of illegal drugs destined for Birmingham. The group planned to split the drugs between them to supply for their own gain.

A counter corruption investigation revealed that Husman began accessing police computer systems as far back as 2011, when he started to feed intelligence and information to his co-accused Shazad Mushtaq, with further offences then being committed with Imaan Haidri and Akeesh Rasab. 

Following his arrest in February 2017, officers searched Husman’s address and found £7,000 cash and heroin.

Shazad Mushtaq, aged 42, also admitted possessing, with intent to supply, heroin and cocaine. In November 2016, Mushtaq was stopped by officers in his car in Walsall and drugs were recovered. Further drugs were found following a search at his home address in Ward End.

Tahsib Majid worked on the same team at Perry Barr as Husman and together they abused their positions to play key roles within the criminal group and carry out their crimes, while on duty.

Majid was also found guilty of a further offence of unlawfully disclosing personal information after it was found he had given details of a person in custody to a friend.

Deputy Chief Constable, Louisa Rolfe said: "Today’s sentences reflect our determination to weed out any corruption within the force. This is an exceptional case and, thankfully, such serious criminal corruption is very rare. These officers brazenly abused their positions and carried out their offending while on duty. They let down their colleagues, friends and families but, fundamentally, the communities served by West Midlands Police.

“I would concur with the judge’s comments that they have disgraced the uniform.
“This investigation is an example of the brilliant and complex work of our Counter Corruption Unit and officers from the National Crime Agency.
"Let me be clear: if you are corrupt we will track you down and you will face prosecution. 
"There is absolutely no place in policing for those who abuse the trust placed in us by the public.
"We expect the highest standards of those who work in the organisation and the vast majority of officers and staff uphold these high standards. It is devastating for hard working and committed officers when they are so let down by a colleague. 
“There is absolutely no hiding place in West Midlands Police for corrupt officers."

Also jailed at Birmingham Crown Court today were:

Imran Rehman, aged 42 from Derby, sentenced to ten years:
• Conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office 
• Two counts of conspiracy to steal 
• Conspiracy to possess class A drugs with intent to supply 
• Conspiracy to possess class B drugs with intent to supply 

Asam Qayum, aged 28 from Alum Rock, sentenced to eight years, three months:
• Conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office 
• Conspiracy to steal 
• Conspiracy to possess class A drugs with intent to supply 
• Conspiracy to possess class B drugs with intent to supply 

Shazad Mushtaq, aged 42 from Ward End, sentenced to seven years, two months:
• Conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office 
• Two counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply 

Akeesh Rasab, aged 27 from Alum Rock, sentenced to four and a half years:
• Conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office 
• Possession of class B drugs with intent to supply 

Imaan Haidri, aged 25 Aston sentenced to 18 months:
• Conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

A 37-year-old woman was also charged in connection with the investigation but proceedings were discontinued by the CPS. 

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