Hamilton officer tried to look like a 'dirty' cop for drug dealer, corruption trial hears

Hamilton officer tried to look like a 'dirty' cop for drug dealer, corruption trial hears
From CBC - March 13, 2018

Suspended Hamilton police officer Craig Ruthowsky told a close friend that he was helping a drug dealer in order to win his trust so that he'd flip on a larger drug trafficker, court heard Tuesday, as the corruption trial into Ruthowsky's conduct continues.

Sgt. James Paterson, who referred to himself in testimony as Ruthowsky's "best friend," returned to the witness box Tuesday morning in Superior Court in Toronto for the second day.

"Craig Ruthowsky advised me that the dealer was dangling a bigger fish in front of him that he wanted to get, this major importerofficer Ruthowsky had said 'I was trying to make myself look like a dirty cop so that [the dealer] will trust me more, and he'd give up the bigger fish,'" Paterson said in court.

Ruthowsky, 44, has pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, attempting to obstruct justice, trafficking cocaine, criminal breach of trust, and conspiring to traffic marijuana.

The Crown contends that Ruthowsky was working with the criminals he was supposed to be investigating, in exchange for a monthly payout of $20,000.

Paterson testified that he visited Ruthowsky's home in Ancaster after the detective constable with Hamilton police had been suspended, to talk about the grounds under which he had been removed from duty.

The most glaring, Paterson said, was that Ruthowsky went to a private chemical company to get a chemical tested.

The Crown said in its opening statement that Ruthowsky, at the request of the dealer who was paying him, took a mystery cutting agent for cocaine to a private lab to be chemically analyzed.


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