Philly Police Officer with Ties to Corrupt Police Unit begins Trial
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- The Gun Trace Task Force corruption case continues in federal court with the trial of a former Philadelphia cop indicted for drug conspiracy.
Eric Snell was once a Baltimore cop before transferring to Philadelphia. When he moved north, he maintained a friendship with Officer Jemell Rayam. Rayam was a member of the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF), a plain clothes unit in the Baltimore Police Department focused on drug and gun arrests.
While arresting drug dealers, GTTF officers dealt drugs themselves. Prosecutors say Snell helped them.
Snell says he is innocent. Jury selection was Monday, opening statements began Tuesday.
Some of the evidence prosecutors will admit involve text messages to and from Snell, Rayam, and an unindicted co-conspirator in the case.
These texts include pictures of drugs and guns.
Prosecutors say Rayam was the best man at Snell’s wedding.
At trial, prosecutors say Rayam will testify against him.