In the legendary TV show 'Breaking Bad', chemistry teacher Walter White, famously played by Bryan Cranston, set up a crystal meth drug trafficking operation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to fund his cancer treatment.
Now a UK police officer who appeared to be the one of the show’s biggest fans, could face time in jail after he masterminded a drug trafficking racket inspired by the show.
Mr Daniel Aimson had prepared his story to the courts very well, we must admit, complete with a heartbreaking tail of how he used to be a good cop, but because of depression and wounds which occurred in the line of duty, drifted off on the wrong path. It is of course also possible that Mr Aimson just had a good lawyer which some well-earned drug money can buy.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Do not trust the police: PC Daniel Aimson was part of a conspiracy to flood the streets of Manchester and North Wales with cannabis <a href="https://t.co/UU6w7c7lXH">https://t.co/UU6w7c7lXH</a> <a href="https://t.co/R58Po5kwtv">pic.twitter.com/R58Po5kwtv</a></p>— Byron Calloway (@ByronCalloway1) <a href="https://twitter.com/ByronCalloway1/status/943064727940423681?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 19, 2017</a></blockquote>
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According to his tale, Mr Aimson was left in a wheelchair for three months, diagnosed with anxiety and depression, following a car crash at work in 2007. He had another episode in 2010. During these recoveries, he got the idea of starting a cannabis farm.
Using a fake driving license that he had confiscated during a routine stop, he rented two anonymous residential properties and installed special hydroponic equipment. These two houses would become the operations hub of his cannabis manufacturing empire.
during a raid in June 2016, police found 96 cannabis plants at one house and 70 at the other.
Public prosecutor, Mr Owen Edwards said: “He was seen at various stages on his own CCTV hard drive to wear a T shirt depicting the lead character 'Walt' in the hit TV series "Breaking Bad".”
“In his various text messages it is clear that Aimson revelled in his double life as officer and criminal. He had clearly developed plans for expanding his business.”
However Mr Aimson’s lawyer, Mr Martin Callery declared that the prosecutor had it all wrong: “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. He candidly says he agreed to get involved in this enterprise and concedes his role became a managerial one.”
“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.”