Fourth Baltimore Officer Pleads Guilty
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- A fourth Baltimore City Police officer charged in a federal racketeering conspiracy, plead guilty Thursday.
Momodu Gondo admitted to conspiracy and drug distribution charges.
Gondo is among eight officers, part of an elite gun squad, federally indicted on racketeering charges stemming from allegedly unlawfully arresting and robbing people, and participating in an overtime fraud scheme.
The Baltimore State's Attorney's office said 295 cases have been impacted by the cases of the eight officers indicted in a federal racketeering conspiracy.
The indictments against seven officers were announced in March and came at the end of an investigation conducted by the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
An eighth officer was charged in August.
The BPD is one of two police departments in the state to dedicate full-time internal affairs detectives to work directly with the FBI. When asked initially about the investigation, Commissioner Kevin Davis told FOX45,
“This was a very involved conspiracy investigation involving seven dirty cops,”
“The police department and the city became better when they were taken into custody. If there’s any other officers engaged in this type of conduct, their arrest will happen under my watch as well."
The officers were accused of robbing victims, filing false affidavits, and making fraudulent overtime claims.
Davis stressed that the alleged actions do not represent the values of the department as a whole.
Davis described them as "straight up 1930s-style gangsters."
Whether the cops knew about the investigation Davis said, “I think they suspected."
He added, “These are savvy criminals, I’m not even going to call them police officers because they were really impersonating police officers. They’re very savvy, they were very aware of their criminal misconduct so they were always looking over their shoulder.”
After the guilty plea, Gondo's Attorney Warren brown explained why his client took the plea, saying, "They had the goods on him."