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9th Ofc Arrested: BPD Federal corruption probe widens

9th Ofc Arrested: BPD Federal corruption probe widens

BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- A ninth police officer has been arrested as authorities widen the federal investigation involving Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force.

Federal authorities say a Philadelphia Police officer has also been indicted.

Eric Snell, a 33-year-old former Baltimore Officer, currently employed with the Philadelphia Police Department was arrested Tuesday for drug distribution and conspiracy charges.

Snell was a Baltimore City officer until 2008. Authorities say Snell and Detective Jemell Rayam worked together to discuss and plan drug sales.

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 the pair, who met in the police academy talked about drug dealing while Rayam was in jail.

Following Rayam’s arrest, on June 26, 2017, Snell spoke with Rayam on the recorded jail phone system where Rayam was detained. Snell assured Rayam that his brother had not said anything about their illegal drug trafficking and instructed Rayam to “say less” on the recorded jail phones so that their illegal drug trafficking operation would not be detected by law enforcement.

Snell told Rayam to “stand tall” and said he would “keep an eye” on Rayam’s kids, which Rayam perceived as a threat to harm Rayam’s children if Rayam told authorities about Snell’s illegal drug trafficking.

Snell was arrested Tuesday at his residence in Philadelphia and had his initial appearance in federal district court in Baltimore. Snell will remain detained until his detention hearing on November 17, 2017 at 2:15 p.m.

Rayam has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and admitted to multiple robberies, drug trafficking, and overtime fraud. Jenkins has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial beginning January 16, 2018.

Philadelphia Police say Eric Snell will be suspended thirty days as result of investigation and indictment, "with intent to dismiss."

Snell faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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