By: Tanya Clark WorldWideWeirdNews.com
(Scroll down for video) People were shocked to learn about a group of police officers who acted like a criminal gang in Baltimore, Maryland.
Federal agents arrested seven Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) officers for a racketeering conspiracy and racketeering offenses, including robbery, extortion, and overtime fraud.
One of the officers was also charged in a separate drug conspiracy indictment.
The officers charged in the racketeering indictment are:
Detective Momodu Bondeva Kenton Gondo, a/k/a GMoney and Mike, 34, of Owings Mills;
Detective Evodio Calles Hendrix, 32, of Randallstown;
Detective Daniel Thomas Hersl, 47, of Joppa;
Sergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins, 36, of Middle River;
Detective Jemell Lamar Rayam, 36, of Owings Mills;
Detective Marcus Roosevelt Taylor, 30, of Glen Burnie; and
Detective Maurice Kilpatrick Ward, 36, of Middle River.
A separate indictment alleges that Detective Gondo joined a drug-dealing conspiracy.
According to the police investigation, the police officers stole money, property and narcotics from victims, some of whom had not committed crimes, swore in false affidavits, submitted false official incident reports, and engaged in large-scale time and attendance fraud.
In some cases, there was no evidence of criminal conduct by the victims. The officers stole money that had been earned lawfully.
In other instances, narcotics and firearms were recovered from arrestees. In several instances, the defendants did not file any police reports.
The amounts stolen ranged from $200 to $200,000.
According to the indictment, the defendants schemed to steal money, property, and narcotics by detaining victims, entering residences, conducting traffic stops, and swearing in false search warrant affidavits.
In addition, the defendants allegedly prepared and submitted false official incident and arrest reports, reports of property seized from arrestees, and charging documents.
The false reports concealed the fact that the officers had stolen money, property and narcotics from individuals.
The indictment alleges that the defendants obstructed law enforcement by alerting each other about potential investigations of their criminal conduct, coaching one another to give false testimony to investigators from the Internal Investigations Division of the BPD, and turning off their body cameras to avoid recording encounters with civilians.
Finally, the indictment alleges that the defendants defrauded the BPD and the State of Maryland by submitting false time and attendance records in order to obtain salary and overtime payments for times when the defendants did not work.
Rayam, Gondo and Hersl conducted a traffic stop of the victims during which Rayam allegedly stole $3,400 in cash. Rayam, Gondo and Hersl then transported the victims to a BPD off-site facility.
Jenkins and Rayam asked the victim if he had any money in his residence, and the victim said he had $70,000 in cash. Jenkins, Rayam, Gondo and Hersl then transported the victims back to their home.
In the master bedroom closet, the officers located two heat sealed bundles – one containing $50,000 and the other containing $20,000 in $100 bills.
Jenkins, Rayam, Gondo and Hersl stole the $20,000 bundle.
Gondo and Rayam later argued about how to divide the stolen money. Three days after the robbery, Jenkins went on vacation with his family in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The indictment alleges that Jenkins falsely claimed he worked overtime on five of the six days he was on vacation.
That same week, Gondo called Rayam and said that working for the BPD was “easy money” and that “one hour can be eight hours,” referring to working for one hour and then claiming eight hours on official time and attendance records.
In a separate seven-count indictment, Gondo was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin as part of the Shropshire drug trafficking organization.
In one telephone call, Detective Gondo allegedly said: “I sell drugs.”
In addition to selling heroin, Gondo provided sensitive law enforcement information to other conspirators in order to help Shropshire and protect his co-conspirators.
The seven defendants charged in the racketeering conspiracy each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy and for racketeering.
Gondo faces a mandatory five years and up to 40 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin.