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Hamilton cop Craig Ruthowsky sentenced to 12.5 years in prison

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WATCH ABOVE: Mon, Mar 12: Hamilton Police Service Det. Const. Craig Ruthowsky, who is currently suspended, was arrested during a Toronto gang investigation in 2015 and was allegedly heard on wiretaps talking to drug dealers. Catherine McDonald reports – Mar 12, 2018

A Toronto judge has levelled a total prison sentence of 12.5 years against a corrupt Hamilton police officer.

According to reports, Craig Ruthowsky has been sentenced after being found guilty of cocaine trafficking and taking bribes from drug dealers, as well as breach of trust and obstruction of justice.

READ MORE: Hamilton police officer on trial for breach of trust, obstruction of justice and drug trafficking

In addition to serving time in a federal penitentiary, he must pay a fine of $250,000 or another three years will be tacked on to his sentence.

Ruthowsky was arrested in June 2015 after being caught on police wiretaps as part of a massive guns and gangs investigation called “Project Pharaoh.”

READ MORE: Hamilton cop found guilty of obstruction of justice, other offences

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He’s been suspended with pay for almost six years, as required under the Police Services Act.

It is expected that he’ll now be fired and taken off the payroll.

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