Cop aided drug dealer to gain his trust?

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - SAM PAZZANO

Sus­pended Hamil­ton cop Craig Ruthowsky re­vealed that he aided a drug dealer to cul­ti­vate his trust so he could snare a larger traf­ficker, his for­mer best friend tes­ti­fied Tues­day.

Sgt. James Paterson, who once con­sid­ered him­self Ruthowsky’s “best friend,” con­fronted Ruthowsky af­ter he was sus­pended in 2012 while both were work­ing for Hamil­ton’s guns and gangs unit.

“Craig Ruthowsky ad­vised me that the dealer was dan­gling a big­ger fish in front of him that he wanted to get, this ma­jor im­porter Of­fi­cer Ruthowsky had said ‘I was try­ing to make my­self look like a dirty cop so that will trust me more, and he’d give up the big­ger fish,’” said Paterson.

Ruthowsky, 44, who held the rank of de­tec­tive con­sta­ble, has pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, at­tempt­ing to ob­struct jus­tice, traf­fick­ing co­caine, crim­i­nal breach of trust, and con­spir­ing to traf­fic mar­i­juana. The prose­cu­tion al­leges that Ruthowsky was work­ing with the crim­i­nals in ex­change for a monthly pay­ment of $20,000.

Paterson re­called vis­it­ing Ruthowsky’s home in An­caster to in­quire about the al­le­ga­tions, which led to his sus­pen­sion. The most puz­zling al­le­ga­tion, Paterson tes­ti­fied, was that Ruthowsky at­tended a pri­vate chem­i­cal com­pany to get a cut­ting agent an­a­lyzed for a “high level drug dealer” and in­for­mant.

The dealer — now the Crown’s key wit­ness — al­legedly paid Ruthowsky $20,000 a month for pro­tec­tion.

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