A group of police officers was arrested in March 2017, labeled as one of the most corrupt groups of cops in the nation’s history. Some elite members of the Gun Trace Task Force were accused of robbing citizens and reselling confiscated drugs. Some prisoners even claimed they were framed by the officers. Ultimately, a spare GPS tracker was their undoing.
Seven of the eight men that made up Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force, a plainclothes unit that traced illegal firearms and addressed handgun violations, were arrested after an investigation showed that they had stolen over $100,000 from their victims. At one point, two of the dirty cops even attempted to have a man killed to help a rival drug dealer.
Wayne Earl Jenkins led the group, according to a report by the Daily Mail. The other six men implicated in the investigation are Momodu Gondo, Evodio Hendrix, Daniel Hersl, Jemell Rayam, Marcus Taylor, and Maurice Ward.
Only a single member of the task force, John Clewell, was not arrested, though he played an integral role in taking the other men down.
All of the men were members of the task force between 2015 and 2016.
It all began to unravel on October 19, 2015, during an investigation involving Aaron Anderson, a suspected heroin dealer.
Both Anderson and Antonio Shropshire were supplying the majority of the heroin to Harford County, a nearby rural area.
Detective David McDougall of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office had placed a GPS tracker onto the underside of Anderson’s car and observed the drug dealer heading to a Red Roof motel instead of his home. This led to a change in the warrants and a short delay, though McDougall ultimately captured Anderson.
When asked why he was at the motel, Anderson stated that two men had kicked the door of his home down a few days prior. One of the men threatened Anderson’s girlfriend, saying he would kill her, took jewelry, a gun, 800 grams of heroin, and $10,000 in cash.
McDougall investigated the scene and discovered a second GPS tracker underneath Anderson’s car, less than a foot from the one he placed earlier.
He subpoenaed the manufacturer of the second GPS and learned that the name of the device’s owner was Clewell.
Gondo and Rayam had borrowed Clewell’s GPS to track Anderson for a friend of Gondo’s, who was working for Shropshire, as they wanted to rob and murder him.
McDougall had contacted the FBI regarding the discovery, and the FBI found that Jenkins had been stealing and reselling drugs on the street.
Numerous robberies were also attributed to the group, including one that netted $100,000 from a safe and $2,000 taken from a homeless man.
Money and drugs were also stolen from crime scenes, and it was revealed that the dirty cops had planted evidence on innocent people.
Jenkins, Gondo, Hendrix, Rayam, and Ward have all pleaded guilty to their crimes. Hersl and Taylor were convicted after their trials.
The men could all be sentenced to between 20 and 60 years in prison.