A corrupt police officer who operated a drug dealing ring from inside his own home has been jailed. Former Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officer Hemayat Enayat, 30, was found to have been growing cannabis at his house in Ordsall in Salford with intention of selling the drug along with four other men.

Enayat, a PC on the Trafford Division, also admitted using police systems to pass on information to the criminal gang he was involved with.

He was arrested after his own force had concerns about his conduct. Following raids in Salford, Moss Side, and South Manchester, officers seized cannabis with a street value of £26,000 ($32,000) cash, as well as hydroponic growing equipment and drug dealing paraphernalia.

Enayat, of Salford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis and conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office at an earlier hearing and has now been jailed for four years at Manchester Crown Court.

His was sentenced along with his four co-conspirators. Rudi Chuwen, 39, and Dean Barker, 34, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis. Barker was jailed for three years in prison and Chuwen received a nine-month suspended sentence and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid community work.

Rico Richards, 33, and Demaine Cousins, 33, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis and conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office at a previous hearings and jailed for three years and nine months respectively.

GMP Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling said: "The criminal enterprise jailed today was actively involved in growing cannabis, which thankfully hasn't made its way onto the streets of Greater Manchester.

"Enayat was a key player in this group, allowing his house to be used for criminal activities, and he abused his position and the trust placed in him as a police officer for criminal gains. GMP expects the very highest standards of all its officers and staff. They should be honest and act with integrity and should not compromise or abuse their position.

"We are appalled by the actions of this officer, who has allowed his greed to get the better of him."