A former staff member of West Midlands Police has been convicted of conspiring to supply Class B drugs while she was off duty.

Cherelle Ying, aged 35 from Birmingham, was found guilty yesterday (24 June) at Birmingham Crown Court and was sentenced to 17 months suspended for 21 months.

Ying had been employed by the force since March 2008 and was based at Nechells police station.

Cherelle Ying

The court heard how she had conspired with her former partner, 42-year-old Derrick Dixon, to supply drugs and on 26 August 2020 - following a two-year police investigation - they were arrested. Dixon was found in possession of a quantity of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin plus £800 cash, £3,000 was also seized from Dixon’s address.

Both were charged with four counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and one count of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs and Ying was suspended from WMP.

In January this year, Ying and Dixon pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class B drugs. Dixon also pleaded guilty to three counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

Dixon was sentenced to three years and nine months for the Class A drugs offences and was also sentenced to nine months for the Class B offence. The sentences are to be served consecutively.

Derrick Dixon

Ying resigned from the force in February this year ahead of a disciplinary panel on 8 April which found that Ying’s action amounted to gross misconduct and, had she not resigned, she would have been dismissed. She has also been placed on a barred list meaning she will be unable to work in policing again.

Head of Professional Standards, Chief Superintendent Dave Twyford said: “Ying breached the standards of professional behaviour and as such, had she not resigned she would have been dismissed with immediate effect for gross misconduct.

“The vast majority of our officers and staff act with integrity and it is disappointing a very small minority fall below this standard.

“However, this case should give the public confidence that we are committed to identifying wrong doing and that we will take action where evidence of this is found."

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