The brave men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting their communities and enforcing the law are supposed to be the people we can count on to do the right thing. Sadly, that isn’t always the case.
When 1 English man joined the police force, he was expected to uphold the law and lead by example. For a while, it seemed like he was doing a great job, however, he was thrown straight into jail after his secret double-life was exposed…
Finding A Career
In the early 2000s, Daniel Aimson was trying to figure out what he was going to do with his life like many of his peers. After getting a degree from a University in England, the only thing that Daniel really wanted to do was become a police officer and serve his community.
A Bright-Eyed Officer
In December 2002, Daniel got a job working at the Greater Manchester Police. He was only 21 years old at the time, but he was passionate about his job as a police constable and took the responsibilities that went along with it very seriously…
Committed To The Job
Over the next few years, Daniel seemed like the perfect officer and his superiors noticed his hard work. He was committed to his duties and really seemed to want to make a difference in the community and keep people safe.
Over time, however, the young officer ran into some trouble that derailed his promising career with the Greater Manchester Police. From 2007 to 2015, the police constable was involved in a number of road accidents, some of which happened while he was on the job…
Physical And Psychological Scars
The accidents left Daniel with a variety of injuries and he was forced to take sick leave for months at a time. Not only did the accidents affect him physically, but Daniel was also struggling with the psychological scars that they left behind.
Back To Work
Eventually, Daniel got back to working full time on the force, however, when he returned, it was clear he wasn’t the bright-eyed, enthusiastic officer that he once was. As a result, he was taken off the streets and put into a managerial role…
A Modest Salary
While working on the force, Daniel was earning a modest salary like everyone else at the police force, which is why some of his fellow officers thought it was strange when they saw him driving around town in a flashy Mercedes Benz, which he hadn’t had before.
Not only was his car expensive, but his wife started wearing pricey designer clothing and jewelry. Some of the officers at Greater Manchester Police couldn’t help but wonder how they were affording their new lifestyle since they knew he wasn’t making that much as a police constable…
However, around late 2015 and early 2016, police were tipped off about rumors that would explain how PC Daniel Aimson was financing such a lavish lifestyle. According to police, they received a tip that Aimson had started leading a double life like his favorite character, Walter White, in the famous TV show Breaking Bad.
The Role Model
“The character plays a respectable Chemistry teacher who adopts a professional approach to the production and distribution of the drug crystal meth and becomes in the process a highly successful drug dealer,” said a local prosecutor, Owen Edwards…
A Criminal Drug Operation
According to police, they believed that Aimson was in charge of a criminal operation to grow and sell marijuana. Police began investigating the 36-year-old and watched him driving around in his Mercedes to and from the properties where the weed was allegedly being grown.
The Investigation Begins
At some points during the investigation, investigators even witnessed Aimson carrying around hydroponic equipment, putting bags full of cannabis harvests into his car, and making cash deals. Soon enough, the police started planning a raid…
“He was considered to be in a leading role within the conspiracy. Evidence shows he both organized and financed the grows as well as personally tending to day-to-day operations,” Prosecutor Owen Edwards said about Aimson’s role in the criminal operation.
In June 2016, police raided the 2 residential properties, which were next to each other and had been rented out with licenses that Aimson had confiscated during traffic stops. Inside, they found 96 cannabis plants inside 1 of the properties and another 70 in the other, which was just 5 doors down…
At the same time, police also raided the home Aimson shared with his wife and found £22,545, more seized licenses, and CCTV footage from their personal security cameras. According to police, the marijuana that had been seized was going to be sold to someone in Rhyl, North Wales and was valued at about £84,500.
Aimson denied having anything to do with the drug operation at first, but was arrested and officially fired from the force in February. He was charged with conspiracy to produce cannabis and misconduct in a public office, which he eventually admitted to at his trial. “He does accept he was involved in an operation concerning the production of drugs and he is deeply ashamed,” Aimson’s lawyer Martin Callery said…
According to Aimson’s lawyer, the car crash he experienced at work drove him to his criminal life. “In 2007 a crash caused him an injury that necessitated him to remain in hospital for three months and he was in a wheelchair for a further three months and then spent a further 12 months recuperating. He returned to work but four years after the first accident he was again involved in a traffic collision while on duty,” Callery said.
“In 2015 he was involved in another accident again while he was on duty… He suffered from depression and anxiety and received occupational therapy and when he eventually returned to work after the accident it was only to perform what is described as ‘light duties’. His return to work was short-lived, his mental health problems escalated in what would be described as PTSD,” Callery said…
“He admits he was unhappy with the way he had been treated by his employer, and his mental state after the accident must have been in an unstable state. This is not as sophisticated as some commercial enterprises are,” Callery said in his client’s defense. The judge, however, didn’t buy it and sentenced Aimson to prison for 6 years.
“You were in severe road traffic accidents and you became depressed because of your predicament,” Judge Suzanne Goddard said. ”But it is difficult to see the link between these mental health issues and your decision to organize the conspiracy in the way that you did… It is said you are remorseful but it is clear you expected to make a great deal of money and greatly improve the yield and expand into a further property. You were a serving police officer at the time. You have let the determined, hard-working officers of Greater Manchester Police down very badly by undertaking this serious criminal enterprise.”