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Greater Manchester Police officer in Leigh drugs gang jailed

Top row left-right: Steven Hindley, Jonathan Vaiders, Michael Hutton, Hussain Mozahem. Bottom row: George Parkinson, Christopher King, Richard Grady and Daniel Aimson Image copyright Police handout
Image caption Aimson (bottom far right) was dismissed by Greater Manchester Police in February

A former police officer who let "greed get the better of him" has been jailed for his part in a drugs gang.

Daniel Aimson, 36, from Astley, Wigan, was given six years and four months after admitting producing cannabis and misconduct in public office.

He was one of eight men jailed on Tuesday after cannabis farms were found in Leigh in June 2016 when he served with Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

Officers seized 160 plants with an estimated street value of £85,000.

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Image caption Police seized 160 plants with an estimated street value of £85,000 at the cannabis farms

'Appalled' by him

Officers also found hydroponic growing equipment when they executed warrants at two unoccupied commercial properties on Railway Road.

Deputy Chief Constable of GMP Ian Pilling said Aimson had "abused his position and the trust placed in him as a police officer for criminal gains".

He said: "We are appalled by the actions of this officer, who has allowed his greed to get the better of him."

Aimson, who was dismissed at a special case hearing in February, used his role as a police officer to acquire four driving licences for use by the gang, GMP said.

Also jailed with Aimson at Manchester Crown Court were:

  • Steven Hindley, 27, of Maesgwyn, Rhyl, North Wales for two years and four months for being concerned in the supply of cannabis
  • Jonathan Vaiders, 28, of Jaffrey Street, Leigh for four years for conspiracy to produce cannabis and possessing cocaine with intent to supply
  • Michael Hutton, 53, of Edzell Walk, Openshaw, for three years and four months for conspiracy to produce cannabis and possessing amphetamine with intent to supply
  • Hussain Mozahem, 25, of Findlay Street, Leigh, for three years
  • George Parkinson, 30, of Ullswater Street, Leigh for two years and four months
  • Christopher King, 49, of Ryeburn Drive, Bolton, was jailed for two years and
  • Richard Grady, 31, of Park Road, Hindley was jailed for 20 months.

All had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the case against John Wallace of Stansbury Walk, Manchester was discontinued.