Article by Meghan Grant, CBC News
Calgary police’s anti-corruption unit got a two-for-one deal when text messages between one officer, under investigation for bribery, led investigators to suspect his partner was stealing marijuana.
Const. Robert Cumming was set up in a sting where he was given a backpack of marijuana by undercover officers and observed taking it home, according to a witness on Day 1 of his trial.
Cumming, 44, was arrested June 3, 2016, and charged with breach of trust, theft under $5,000 and possession of a controlled substance.
In November 2015, Det. Timothy Fitzgibbon was leading Operation Gumshoe, investigating Const. Bryan Morton and five others — mostly current, former and civilian CPS members — for corruption, harassment and breach of trust allegations.
During that investigation, Fitzgibbon picked up on suspicious text messages between Cumming and Morton, leading to a seven-month investigation dubbed Operation Smoke, during which police looked into all drug-related calls he attended between 2013 and 2015.