Peter Gregory, Chief Court Reporter - November 24, 2006
Stephen Cox and Glenn Sadler
Two former drug squad members committed the crime they had sworn
to eliminate, a judge said in jailing them over a heroin
Justice Stephen Kaye said it was disappointing that two men who
had lived useful and beneficial lives had stooped so low to indulge
in the corrupt activity for which they had been convicted.
Former detective Glenn Sadler, 41, was sentenced to 10 years'
jail, with a six-year minimum term. His co-accused, ex-sergeant
Stephen Cox, 43, was jailed for seven years, with a four-year
Both men were found guilty in September of conspiring to traffic
in a commercial quantity of heroin.
Another former drug squad detective, Ian Ferguson, is serving a
12-year sentence with an eight-year minimum, after being convicted
of money laundering and taking part in the same conspiracy.
An estimated 5.5 kilograms of heroin, worth $1 million to $1.5
million, was trafficked to a Melbourne drug dealer between August
1999 and December 2002.
Today in the Supreme Court, Justice Kaye said evidence showed a
"flood'' of heroin hit the streets while the drug squad members
were committing offences.
"Instead of performing your duty to stem that tide, you added to
it. You each blatantly betrayed your oaths of office,'' he
"You committed the very crime which it was your sworn
responsibility to detect and eliminate.''
Justice Kaye said Cox began selling heroin to the drug dealer, a
registered police informer, in August 1999. After leaving the
police force in January 2000, Cox stopped trafficking, but
continued to have limited involvement in the conspiracy.
Sadler continued with Ferguson in trafficking heroin, and both
of them told the informer, who failed to appear in court on an
aggravated burglary charge, about police efforts to find him.
Justice Kaye adjourned prosecution applications for pecuniary
penalties for Cox and Sadler. He said the penalties were designed
to recoup their ill-gotten gains from their criminal
If the applications were resolved through settlement, Sadler
might receive a penalty of more than $100,000, and Cox about
$20,000, he said.
He said the most serious feature of the crimes was that the men
were Victoria Police members when they committed their offences.
They took advantage of their positions, breached community trust,
and betrayed their police colleagues.
"(Drug trafficking) preys on the young, the weak and the
vulnerable,'' he said.
"It is a twisted and contemptible enterprise, conducted by
greedy, callous and ruthless individuals. It offends the
fundamental norms of a decent, civilised, society.''
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