A British Undercover Police Officer That Went Too Far
Robert Carroll was an undercover officer who joined the Greater Manchester Police (GMP), in Britain, back in 2001. In 2006 he was trained as a, so called, “test purchase” officer, and in 2008 he joined the police’s Sigma unit which was tasked with seeking out drug dealers by using covert tactics. He took on the name of “Lee Taylor” and posed as a heroin junkie in order to trap dealers.
But not one year later, the line between Robert Carroll and Lee Taylor began to fade away as the undercover police officer actually became addicted to heroin. He was then temporarily relieved of duty and put in touch with the Lifeline drug charity. He was prescribed special medication and therapy, and after a while he was reassigned to a desk job within the GMP. But in 2012, however, Carroll lapsed back onto heroin and reconnected with his former drug dealer, Jermaine White.
His fellow officers noticed something was out of the ordinary when they realized Carroll had sneaked off from the station twice in one morning. Unbeknownst to them at the time was that Carroll had gone to meet with White. A raid on Carroll’s house several days later revealed a phone with which the police officer contacted White some 2,200 times over the past four months. When Jermaine White’s home was raided, the police discovered a GMP issue CS gas canister and a police baton that were issued in Carroll’s name.
He was then kicked off the force and sentenced to 14 months in prison for giving a drug dealer police-issued weapons and for meeting him in a police car. After serving four months in prison, he was released but went on to sue the GMP by blaming his addiction on a police training exercise that was aimed to familiarize them with the drug. Carroll stated that he and his fellow officers were encouraged to inhale heroin fumes and become high as a result. He was also upset because the GMP pushed him aside at a time when he was obviously in need of their help.