Durham Police Officer Charged with Drug Trafficking, Breach of Trust

Update:

38-year-old Constable Tara Kramp was suspended (with pay) from the Durham Regional Police force after being arrested for drug trafficking and other offences.

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A veteran Durham Region police officer, who loves dogs and dabbled in bodybuilding, faces numerous criminal charges ranging from drug trafficking to passing “sensitive” information as part of a major street-level bust involving about 30 individuals.

Appearing calm and pensive in black trousers, a light blue hooded top and handcuffs, Const. Tara Kramp, 38, was granted bail with restrictions at a hearing in Oshawa court Friday afternoon.

Court documents show Durham police’s professional standards branch arrested the off-duty officer and four other local residents and charged them with drug trafficking on Tuesday night.

Kramp, who has worked for the force since 1998, was suspended with pay.

Durham police said in a statement Friday it had arrested another 25 people, seized more than $800,000 in cash, five guns, six vehicles and $300,000 in drugs, including cocaine, marijuana, OxyContin and steroids during the last two weeks.

Durham Regional Police and the local police association would not confirm on Wednesday or Thursday that the force had charged Kramp. Durham police spokesman Dave Selby said at that time the force had not arrested an officer and would not comment until an investigation was complete.

After police charged Kramp, a court remanded the officer into custody on Wednesday until her appearance for the bail hearing. Justice of the Peace Jack Wiley allowed Kramp’s release on $20,000 bail with several conditions that restrict her movement and from making contact with about a dozen other defendants until her next court date, July 4.

The court also released several other defendants under various bail terms. A publication ban was placed on details and any evidence heard at the hearing.

Kramp and the four individuals arrested earlier in the week face charges of conspiring to traffic various drugs between April 17 and June 12.

The court documents relating to the other four defendants indicated they possessed and/or trafficked in ecstasy, oxycodone and cocaine.

Durham police also charged Kramp with breach of trust as an officer for allegedly providing “sensitive” police information to defendant Jeremy Russell of Clarington in a wilfull “attempt to obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of justice,” according to the court documents. Those documents did not provide any further details on that allegation.

Furthermore, police charged her with defrauding the force of less than $5,000 and four counts of improper storage of firearms in her residence.

In addition to the trafficking charge Russell, 31, faces allegations of breaching a probation order, possession for the purpose of trafficking drugs and robbery.

At the time of her arrest, Kramp worked in a unit in Whitby that handles non-emergency calls which reduces the need for responses from mobile units.

“She’s a little outspoken but generally a polite person,” said one officer who requested anonymity.

Kramp, who is single, has owned several dogs and noted on Facebook posts that she had occasionally rescued them in cars while on duty.

She has also shown an interest in fitness and bodybuilding over the years, and was a judge at a competition called MVP Quest in 2006. The organizers described her as an international competitor and personal trainer.

“Tara . . . lives her life on the edge,” the organizers added in describing the judges’ panel.

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