Police officer in court over drugs offences

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A SERVING Police officer has appeared in court charged with drug offences.

Christopher McGinn, 28, appeared on petition at Haddington Sheriff Court today, where he was charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and with perverting the course of justice.

McGinn, a serving police officer from Prestonpans in East Lothian, has now been suspended from duty.

He appeared in court alongside another man, 27-year-old David Gare.

Gare, of Musselburgh in East Lothian, was also charged under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act.

A Crown Office spokeswoman said both men made no plea or declaration and were remanded in custody.

The case was continued for further examination and they are expected to appear in court again later this month.

Lothian and Borders Police today confirmed two men had been arrested and charged with alleged drugs offences following an investigation by the force.

In a statement, they said: "The force can confirm that one of the accused is a serving uniformed police officer, and that individual has been suspended."