Former BPD detective from Joppa found guilty in corruption case

Hersl TaylorJurors on Monday evening found former Baltimore Police Department detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor guilty on on racketeering charges in connection with the BPD’s Gun Trace Task Force.

The jury got the case on Thursday and deliberated for a day and a half before returning today’s decision.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Hersl, from Joppa, and Taylor, from Glen Burnie, robbed individuals, dealt drugs, and tried to cover it up.

The 6-count indictment alleged that Hersl and Taylor engaged in 13 robberies, extortion, and time & attendance fraud. According to the indictment, beginning in 2011, the defendants stole money, property, and narcotics by detaining victims, entering residences, conducting traffic stops, and swearing out false search warrant affidavits.

Hersl and Taylor had both pleaded not guilty in the case. Six other former officers have entered guilty pleas, and four testified for the prosecution.

Jurors heard close to three weeks’ worth of testimony in connection with the case.

Both defendants could now face 20 years or more in prison.

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Middle River bail bondsman pleads guilty to selling drugs stolen by police officers

Donald SteppA bail bondsman from Middle River has pleaded guilty to selling drugs that were stolen from citizens by officers with the Baltimore Police Department.

Donald Stepp, 51, pleaded guilty on Friday to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, heroin, and other controlled dangerous substances.

According to his plea agreement, Stepp operated Double D Bail Bonds and was an associate of former BPD Sergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins. Stepp admitted that from 2015-2017, he obtained significant quantities of narcotics from Jenkins and robbed citizens of their property, including drugs, cash, and watches. Stepp admitted that he participated in robberies with Jenkins and another Baltimore Police Department detective.

To facilitate the robberies and drug trafficking, Jenkins brought Stepp to search locations in Baltimore City and Baltimore County and lied to other law enforcement agencies by saying Stepp was an officer with BPD. Jenkins would come to Stepp’s residence after he had robbed citizens and Stepp would store the stolen drugs in his tool shed.

Stepp then sold the stolen drugs and returned hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash proceeds to BPD officers. Jenkins took a portion of the proceeds from the drug sales and paid other officers in the BPD who participated in the robberies with Jenkins and Stepp.

On December 14, 2017, law enforcement with the Baltimore County Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at Stepp’s residence and recovered approximately 423 grams of crack cocaine, 262 grams of cocaine, 14 grams of heroin, 28 grams of MDMA, digital scales, packaging material, a large sum of cash, and several high-value watches.

Jenkins has 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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Middle River BPD detective pleads guilty to committing armed robberies in racketeering case

MoneyBaltimore, Maryland – Baltimore Police Department detectives Evodio Calles Hendrix, 32, of Randallstown, and Maurice Kilpatrick Ward, 36, of Middle River, pleaded guilty on Friday in federal court to charges of racketeering conspiracy.

According to their plea agreements, Hendrix admitted to participating in three robberies from March to August, 2016. Ward admitted to participating in four robberies from February through August, 2016. Hendrix and Ward also admitted that they were armed with their Baltimore Police Department service firearms during the robberies. Individual victims of the robberies were physically restrained, and the defendants wrote false incident reports and other documents in order to conceal their criminal conduct and otherwise obstruct justice.

In on instance, on February 17, 2016, Ward and one of his co-defendants stole $500 from an arrested suspect. Ward then authored a false Baltimore Police Department incident report to conceal the robbery.

Hendrix and Ward admitted that on March 22, 2016, they and two of their co-defendants stole more than $200,000 from a safe they found in the basement of a house they were searching. The four co-defendants then divided the money, and Hendrix and Ward received $20,000 each.

Similarly, on June 24, 2016, while executing a search warrant in a home, Hendrix stole money and later gave a portion to Ward. On August 24, 2016, Hendrix stole money from an arrested suspect and then gave a portion of the cash to Ward.

Hendrix and Ward also admitted that they and their co-defendants routinely submitted false individual overtime reports, defrauding the Baltimore Police Department and the public. Ward, Hendrix and their co-conspirators falsely certified that they worked their entire regularly assigned shifts, or overtime hours, when they did not. Hendrix and Ward also admitted that they submitted false overtime reports on behalf of their co-defendants, at their co-defendants’ direction, and that their co-defendants submitted false overtime reports on their behalf in return.

Hendrix and Ward admitted that the practice at the police department’s Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF) was that if some of the GTTF members made a gun arrest, all members of the GTTF, regardless of whether they had actually participated in the arrest, would submit individual overtime reports, as if they did, and receive salary and overtime. The GTTF was a specialized unit within the Operational Investigation Division of the Baltimore Police Department, whose members were to track and trace recovered firearms in order to identify and suppress the possession, purchasing, and trafficking of illegal firearms within Baltimore City, and assist with the investigation and prosecution of firearms-related offenses.

Sentencing for Hendrix has been scheduled for February 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m..  Sentencing for Ward has been scheduled for February 21, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

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