Cops assigned to take guns off the streets of Baltimore instead turned into a criminal drug gang, stealing drugs and cash from drug dealers. The cops sold the drugs and distibuted the cash. 10 cops have been arrested, with 6 pleading guilty, while 4 more face multiple charges in criminal trials now ongoing, with drug dealers called as witnesses against cops.
|In role reversal, drug dealers take the stand at criminal trial of Baltimore Police officers|
Sergio Summerville was a small-time drug dealer living out of a storage unit in September 2016 when officers from the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force blocked him from leaving the facility.
One of the officers said he was with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. He was not. The officers said they had a warrant. They didn’t. They didn’t even know his name — though they tried to bluff, Summerville said.
They ended up taking thousands of dollars out of a sock he kept in his storage unit, he testified in federal court Wednesday, and left without charging him.
“They came at me like a gang or something,” said Summerville, 38.
Summerville is one of several men who are admitting to being drug dealers — some of them large-scale traffickers — under immunity deals with the federal government to testify against two officers with the Baltimore Police Department’s elite Gun Trace Task Force.
Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor are fighting federal racketeering charges in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. They are accused of shaking down suspected drug dealers and taking thousands of dollars in unearned overtime pay. Six officers have pleaded guilty; four are testifying for the government.
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