Middle River bail bondsman pleads guilty to helping BPD cops sell stolen drugs

Middle River bail bondsman pleads guilty to helping BPD cops sell stolen drugs (Courtesy: Baltimore County Police Department)

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - A Middle River bail bondsman has pleaded guilty to helping former Baltimore Police Sgt. Wayne Jenkins sell drugs that Baltimore officers stole from residents.

Donald Stepp, 51, Jenkins' associate and owner of Double D Bail Bonds, admitted that he helped sell hundreds of thousands of dollars in drugs and also took part in robberies with Jenkins and another detective, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Jenkins told other law enforcement agencies that Stepp was a BPD officer, and used him to search sites in Baltimore City and County, according to the news release.

After Jenkins robbed residents, Stepp would keep the stolen drugs in his tool shed before selling them, returning hundreds of thousands of dollars in proceeds to BPD officers, according to the news release.

Baltimore County police and the FBI executed a search warrant at Stepp's home on Dec. 14, 2017, and recovered about 423 grams of crack cocaine, 262 grams of cocaine, 14 grams of heroin, 28 grams of MDMA, digital scales, packaging material, a large amount of cash and "several high-value watches," according to the release.

Stepp pleaded guilty today to possessing cocaine, heroin and other drugs with intent to distribute them. He faces a sentence of up to life in jail, and his sentencing is scheduled for 2 p.m. on April 6.

Jenkins pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy, one count of racketeering, two counts of robbery, one count of destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in a federal investigation, and four counts of deprivation of rights under color of law.

Stepp faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. United States District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for April 6, 2018 at 2 p.m.

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