Former Mountie convicted of stealing, trafficking cocaine

A former senior Nova Scotia Mountie has been found guilty on all seven counts relating to a plan to steal 10 kilograms of cocaine from a police evidence locker and resell it.

A justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court delivered the guilty verdicts against former Staff Sgt. Craig Robert Burnett, 51, Friday morning. The charges cover a period from 2010 to 2016.

"Craig Robert Burnett broke the very laws he was sworn to uphold," wrote Justice James Chipman in his decision.

During his 21-day trial, the court heard Burnett removed cocaine that was slated to be destroyed from an evidence locker. The amount of drugs is equivalent in weight to an automobile tire.

He then provided the drugs to an associate who in turn delivered it to a third man for sale. The three men split the proceeds.

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