A former drugs squad officer who was jailed after becoming hooked on heroin is set to appeal against his sentence.

Robert Carroll, 40, who lives in Holmfirth, was handed a 14-month prison term in February after a court heard how he began to smoke the drug every day.

Manchester Crown Court heard how the lines between his real life and that of his undercover alter ego, Lee Taylor, became dangerously blurred.

He gave police-issue weapons to his drug dealer - and sneaked away from work to meet him in a police car.

Carroll, pictured above, was jailed for 14 months after admitting charges of misconduct in public office and theft.

The Examiner understands his lawyers are now set to appeal against his sentence.

A former colleague said: “He’s been through and is still going through a lot. Prison can be Hellish place for a former cop.”

Carroll joined Greater Manchester Police in 2001 and trained as a ‘test purchase’ officer before joining the Sigma unit, dedicated to rooting out drug dealers using covert tactics.

A year later he was using a wrap of heroin a day and in touch with the drugs charity, Lifeline.

In July 2012, drug dealer Jermaine White’s home was raided by police who found a baton which had been issued to Carroll.

Jermaine White - Jailed 50 months for supplying heroin to police officer Robert Carroll
Jermaine White - Jailed 50 months for supplying heroin to police officer Robert Carroll
 

At the time Carroll was working at Oldham police station on ‘restricted duties’ after time off with depression.

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