Ex-constable from Northampton carried out police computer checks for drug dealers

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A police officer who gave his drug dealer friends tip-offs as they imported drugs from other parts of Europe is facing jail.

Martin McElvenna, 54, of Wilks Walk, Grange Park, Northampton, repeatedly accessed the police computer database on behalf of a ‘close relative’ who cannot be named for legal reasons, while working for Thames Valley Police.

Southwark Crown Court heard the gang imported vast amounts of drugs into the UK with McElvenna’s inside help.

McElvenna swept the system for outstanding European arrest warrants on alleged gang members writing in one text: ‘Couldn’t find anything.’

The Thames Valley Police officer also searched for information about a car he planned to purchase.

The illegal checks were made at Milton Keynes Police Station before McElvenna’s arrest last September.

He was sacked from the force following a misconduct hearing.

McElvenna was convicted this week of misconduct in public office after a jury deliberated for 47 hours.

His close relative was also found guilty of two counts of procuring McElvenna to commit misconduct in public office.

Prosecutor Mark Gadsden said: “In the course of a police counter-corruption investigation by Thames Valley Police, which was being conducted at this time, it came to light that PC Martin McElvenna, a Thames Valley officer, had been conducting unauthorised searches or checks on the Police National Computer.

“The checks were on individuals and on vehicles and were carried out in a period of just over a year.

“The prosecution say that all of these checks were conducted by McElvenna at the close relative’s request.

“The checks were requested so that the close relative could be reassured that there would be no difficulty with their travelling across Europe or performing their jobs as conspirators.

“In other words, so the close relative was reassured that they would not be ‘flagged up’ as wanted and so jeopardise the entire conspiracy.

“Throughout the period during which these checks were being carried out at the close relative’s request, a number of phone calls were exchanged between the close relative’s and McElvenna’s mobile numbers.

“The following undated iMessage, sent to the relative, was also found in a backup file on McElvenna’s laptop: “Couldn’t find anything so no he doesn’t”’.

Following his arrest on September 12 last year McElvenna said he had known the close relative for 20 years.

“He said that the close relative asked him about unauthorised PNC checks at a family wedding in October 2012’, Mr Gadsden added.

“He admitted that he subsequently carried out a number of checks which were not part of his police work.

“He told the police that he had checked “X” at his relative’s request in order to see whether there was an outstanding European Arrest Warrant in relation to “X”’.

But jurors heard that disgraced cop McElvenna denied ever passing the detail’s on to his relative.

He insisted he was working to fight crime, rather than to aid the gang, but the jury rejected his claims.

“He said that he had carried out the checks to see whether there was intelligence that he could gain from the system’, Mr Gadsden said.

“If there was, he intended to feed this information into the intelligence system.

“He always told his relative that there was nothing held on the system.”

The close relative and two of his co-defendants, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were also convicted of conspiracy to import class B drugs.

Jurors were deadlocked in respect of a further count of misconduct against McElvenna, while they cleared him of two counts of the same charge.

He was bailed ahead of his sentence on a date to be fixed.