Court clears Liverpool drugs raid cash Pc
A police officer who "panicked" during a drugs raid and hid £2,000 in his trousers has been cleared of misconduct.
Pc Anthony Davitt, of Whinmoor Road, Liverpool, had denied the charge of misconduct in a public office.
He was unanimously cleared by the jury at Liverpool Crown Court after one hour and 15 minutes of deliberations.
Merseyside Police said Pc Davitt would remain suspended from his job until an internal misconduct hearing.
Liverpool Crown Court was told Pc Davitt was caught with bundles of cash in his trousers after an operation by his force's professional standards unit to test his integrity.
The officer told the jury he had panicked when he realised he knew the suspected drug dealer whose house he was raiding, as it was close to where his family lived in Fazakerley
Pc Davitt told the court he had seen the man, an undercover police officer, in the company of "known gangsters" in a gym which he used.
He said: "I started to panic because I knew him. It would not be hard for him to find out where I lived."
Pc Davitt told the jury he put £2,000 in cash, which he found in the kitchen, in his pocket because he wanted to get back to the station with it as evidence and report what had happened to a senior officer.
The officer said he did not arrest or caution the occupant, or tell any of his fellow officers who were on the raid with him about what he had found because he believed that would put him and his family in danger.
"I was totally in bits and just knew I needed to get back and let them know what I had found," Pc Davitt told the jury.