12/02/2011 05:24 EST | Updated 02/01/2012 05:12 EST

Drug-Dealing Ex-Cop Stabbed In B.C. Prison

A former Vancouver police officer was stabbed in the neck while serving a sentence for drug trafficking despite prison officials being warned that his life might be in danger, his lawyer says.

Former constable Peter Hodson is serving a three-year sentence for marijuana trafficking and breach of trust.

Vincent Michaels, Hodson's lawyer, said his client warned officials at the Pacific Institution and Regional Treatment Centre in Abbotsford, B.C., multiple times that he was being threatened.

"I would think that Mr. Hodson would have been a pretty high-profile individual, and the need to safeguard his well-being would be well understood," Michaels said.

Despite the warning, Hodson was kept with the general inmate population and someone got to him Wednesday night.

Hodson was stabbed in the neck with a piece of broken glass.

He underwent surgery and is expected to recover.

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association said corrections officials have some explaining to do. The association's president, Robert Holmes, said the Correctional Service of Canada has an obligation to protect inmates.

"If it is the case that this person had flagged concerns about his safety, then somebody has to acknowledge that an error was made and that they obviously didn't make a proper assessment of the risk level and the kind of prisoners he was being mixed in with," Holmes said.

"If they failed to protect his security, they better smarten up and do it in the future."