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Two Toronto-area police officers face charges in 10-month corruption probe

Last Updated Oct 10, 2018 at 5:40 pm MDT

AURORA, Ont. – Two Toronto-area officers have been charged in a 10-month corruption investigation that police say led to drug-trafficking charges.

York regional police say Const. Richard Senior, 44, of Markham, Ont., faces 30 charges including attempted armed robbery of cocaine, theft of a police shotgun and trafficking cocaine and steroids.

Police allege Senior interfered in the prosecution of provincial offence notices and disclosing confidential police information.

York regional police say Const. Timur Timerbulatov, 36, of Whitchurch-Stoufville, Ont., has been charged with breach of trust and unauthorized use of a police computer.

They say Timerbulatov has been suspended with pay and Senior was held in custody pending a court appearance Thursday and will be suspended with pay if he’s released.

York Chief Eric Jolliffe says the investigation was difficult and also led to charges against five others.

“This is unacceptable criminal behaviour that will not be tolerated by members of our organization,” Jolliffe said in a statement.

“It is not a reflection on the dedicated, hard-working and extremely professional York regional police members working together each and every day to keep our community safe.”