Heroes one and all : 9th officer arrested on federal corruption charges linked to Gun Trace Task Force

“A former Baltimore City police officer who is currently a police officer in Philadelphia was arrested Tuesday in connection with an investigation into illegal activities of former members of the Baltimore police Gun Trace Task Force.

Officer Eric Troy Snell, 33, of Philadelphia, was arrested on charged of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.

Snell has been employed by the Philadelphia Police Department since September 2014. He was most recently assigned to the 35th Police District. As a result of the criminal investigation and indictment, Snell will be suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss.

According to court documents, Snell attended the Baltimore City Police Department Training Academy and was a Baltimore police officer until March 2008. While he was in the academy, Snell met co-conspirator Detective Jemell Rayam. Snell became an officer in the Philadelphia Police Department in September 2014.

According to the indictment, between October 2016 and June 2017, while Snell was with the Philadelphia Police Department and Rayam was with the Baltimore Police Department, Snell and Rayam discussed and planned with each other the sale of illegal narcotics, including cocaine and heroin that had been obtained or seized by members of the Gun Trace Task Force in Baltimore.

The indictment alleges that in October 2016, Baltimore police Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, Rayam and detectives in the GTTF, engaged in a high-speed police chase where the driver of the vehicle threw more than 9 ounces of cocaine out of the window of his vehicle before crashing near Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore. The officers retrieved the cocaine and Jenkins told Rayam to sell most of the cocaine and give Jenkins proceeds of the sale, which Rayam agreed to do, federal prosecutors said.

Later that month, after learning from Rayam that he had cocaine, Snell asked Rayam to provide him with the stolen cocaine instead of submitting it as evidence to the Baltimore Police Department, and Rayam agreed to do so, federal prosecutors said.

Rayam then traveled to Philadelphia and met with Snell at his house. Rayam provided the cocaine to Snell, who arranged to meet with his brother, who was going to sell the drugs, federal prosecutors said. According to the indictment, Snell, his brother and Rayam met, and Snell provided his brother with the cocaine. The three men discussed the price at which the cocaine would be sold and the amount of money that Snell and Rayam would receive from the sales, federal prosecutors said.

In addition to the cocaine, court documents allege that Snell also agreed to sell 80 grams of heroin that Rayam had received from Jenkins.

According to the indictment, Snell deposited thousands of dollars in cash in Rayam’s bank account from the sales of illegal drugs, including deposits on Oct. 28, 2016, and Nov. 9, 2016. Snell also paid Rayam cash from the sales of illegal drugs when he met him on Nov. 11, 2016, federal prosecutors said.”

The rest here: http://www.wbaltv.com/article/9th-officer-arrested-on-federal-corruption-charges-linked-to-gun-trace-task-force/13620371

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