After a brief appearance in the Supreme Court of B.C. on Monday morning, Abbotsford Police Const. Christopher Nicholson has been charged with six counts of obstructing justice, three counts of breach of trust and one count of unsafe storage of a firearm.
Crown Counsel has decided to proceed by way of direct indictment to the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Nicholson has been released on an undertaking, pending his next scheduled court appearance on Aug. 28 in Supreme Court.
The charges were originally presented back in May, after an eight-month investigation that began when he allegedly leaked information to a drug dealer so that person could avoid arrest.
He has been suspended from his job with the Abbotsford Police Department.
The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) began the investigation last September.
The APD asked the VPD to conduct an investigation after two APD members informed an inspector of Nicholson’s alleged misconduct last July.
Up to a dozen investigators were involved in the covert operation.
Nicholson also allegedly conspired with a confidential informant to have drugs delivered to a residence and have other police officers conduct a search warrant soon after.