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A police officer who was renowned for his work against London drug dealers was found dead in his flat from a heroin overdose.
David Pilling, 47, who was nicknamed "Robocop" for his efforts in tackling drugs, was found collapsed at his home in Camden earlier this year.
An inquest heard yesterday how an overdose of injected heroin killed the officer. Traces of cocaine and Ecstasy were also in his system.
His death in March shocked friends, colleagues and family, none of whom had any idea he took drugs.
Toxicology reports revealed his blood contained levels of heroin more than four times the amount associated with fatal overdoses.
Colleagues said he may have been experimenting and died of an accidental overdose.
An investigation found he had been looking at websites on how to take drugs just before his death. PC Pilling built up a reputation for tackling drug dealers on his West End beat.
He once chased a dealer down a flight of steps in Tottenham Court Road on his motorbike.
Camden borough commander Dominic Clout said: 'PC Pilling was a truly valued member of staf f. He displayed no signs of drug use while at Camden.'
Tests showed PC Pilling was not a drug addict. A verdict of death by misadventure was recorded.
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