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.

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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.

 


Former BPD sergeant involved in Suiter case pleads guilty to racketeering, robberies, overtime fraud, planting evidence

GavelSergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins, 37, of Middle River, pleaded guilty this week 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.

Jenkins joined the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) on February 20, 2003 and was promoted to Sergeant on November 20, 2013. On June 13, 2016, Jenkins became the Officer in Charge of the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF,) a specialized unit within the Operational Investigation Division of the BPD.

According to the plea agreement, Jenkins schemed to steal money, property, and narcotics by detaining victims, entering residences, conducting traffic stops, and swearing out false search warrant affidavits. In addition, Jenkins prepared and submitted false official incident and arrest reports, reports of property seized, and charging documents. The false reports concealed the fact that Jenkins and his co-conspirators had stolen money, property, and narcotics from individuals.

According to his plea agreement, Jenkins admitted that he participated in seven separate robberies between May 2011 and August 2016. Jenkins also stole dirt bikes from individuals who were riding them illegally on city streets and then sold them through an associate.

In addition to the robberies, Jenkins also admitted to stealing 4-5 boxes, containing approximately 12 pounds, of high-grade marijuana that had been intercepted by law enforcement from the U.S. mail, as well as prescription medicines that he had stolen from someone looting a pharmacy during the April 2015 riots.

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Jenkins admitted he gave another party the drugs he stole from detainees and arrestees, including cocaine, marijuana and heroin. That individual was able to sell the drugs and shared the proceeds with Jenkins. In total, Jenkins was paid $200,000 to $250,000 in drug proceeds.

In an effort to conceal his true identity, Jenkins told detainees that he was a federal task force officer, which he was not, and told his co-defendants to identify him as the U.S. Attorney.

While other parties were detained in connection with these crimes, Jenkins directed the defendants to “keep their mouths shut” and to “stick to the story” in an effort to obstruct justice.

Jenkins has also pleaded guilty to planting evidence for Detective Sean Suiter, who was recently killed in the line of duty, to find.

According to the plea agreement, Jenkins admitted that he routinely submitted false and fraudulent individual overtime reports, thereby defrauding the Baltimore Police Department and the citizens of the State of Maryland. On these reports, Jenkins falsely certified that he worked his entire regularly assigned shifts, when he did not, and that he worked additional hours for which he received overtime pay, when he had not worked all and in some cases any of those overtime hours. Jenkins also admitted that he submitted false and fraudulent overtime reports on behalf of his co-defendants.

The plea agreement provides for a minimum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a maximum sentence of 30 years imprisonment.


Indicted BPD officer from Middle River planted drugs for Det. Suiter to find in 2010

GavelUPDATE: Jenkins has pleaded guilty to numerous charges in connection with this case.

Original story below…

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A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a former Baltimore Police Department sergeant from Middle River on charges related to a 2010 arrest in which evidence was allegedly planted inside of a suspect’s vehicle.

Detective Sean Suiter, who was recently killed in the line of duty, was also involved in that arrest.

The Department of Justice says Suiter was set up to find a planted 28 grams of heroin.

Former Sergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins, 37, of Middle River, was the highest-ranking officer out of the seven BPD officers indicted on racketeering charges back in March. Jenkins was charged with additional crimes in July.

Last week, authorities confirmed that Det. Suiter had been scheduled to testify during an investigation of the indicted police officers on the day after he was killed via his own gun in the line of duty on November 15.

In Thursday’s indictment, Jenkins was charged with destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in federal investigations and deprivation of rights under color of law.

The DOJ indictment states that, on April 28, 2010, Jenkins, driving an unmarked Baltimore Police Department vehicle with Officer #2 as his passenger, and Officer #1 (Suiter), who was also driving an unmarked BPD vehicle, engaged in a vehicle pursuit of a car driven by Umar Burley.

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At the intersection of Belle Avenue and Gwynn Oak Avenue, Burley, who was driving at a high speed, struck a car entering the intersection. The impact of the collision was so great that the car was pushed onto the front porch of a rowhome on the corner of the intersection. That car was being driven by an elderly man whose wife was a passenger. The elderly driver was trapped in the car after the collision and died later that day.

The indictment alleges there were no drugs in Burley’s car prior to the crash. After the crash, and after Burley and his passenger had been arrested, Jenkins told another office to call a sergeant who was not at the scene because he had the “stuff” in his car.

After emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene, Officer #2 returned to Jenkins who was standing near Burley’s car. At that time, Jenkins told Officer #2 that the “stuff” was in Burley’s car, and that Jenkins was going to send Suiter to the vehicle to find it because Suiter was “clueless,” according to the affidavit.

Det. Suiter later indicated that he had found approximately 28 grams of heroin.  The indictment charges that Jenkins knew the heroin in Burley’s car had been planted.

Based on Jenkins’ false police report, Burley and his passenger were charged with, and imprisoned for, federal drug charges for the heroin that had been planted in the vehicle.

Jenkins is presently awaiting trial on January 16, 2018, on criminal racketeering and fraud charges. He now faces an additional sentence of 20 years in prison for the additional charges.


Det. Sean Suiter’s funeral procession to impact Wednesday traffic

Road ClosedThe Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) are working together with local law enforcement agencies to support logistics for the funeral and procession of fallen Baltimore City Detective Sean Suiter.

Motorists should expect major midday delays on Wednesday, November 29.

The procession is expected to depart Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries on Radecke Avenue in Baltimore between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., depending on the length of the service.

At that time, ALL mainlines of northbound I-95 will be closed, as well as access from northbound I-895 (Harbor Tunnel Thruway) and Moravia Road. Motorists will be diverted into the northbound I-95 Express Toll Lanes (tolls waived.) Northbound I-95 traffic will have the option to exit at MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) or continue back onto mainline northbound I-95. As the procession passes, I-95 and I-895 will re-open to motorists and tolls will again for in force on the tolled lanes.

The procession, which may involve thousands of police officers, will then move to the outer loop of I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) to northbound I-83 (Baltimore-Harrisburg Expressway) to Padonia Road to Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Officer Suiter’s final resting place. Access from ramps onto the outer loop of I-695 will be closed, including from southbound I-95. These access points will be closed in a rolling fashion. As the last of the procession passes, ramps will reopen to motorists.

Motorists should avoid northbound I-95 and I-895, as well as southbound I-95 approaching I-695 on the northeast corner. Additionally, drivers should expect major delays on the outer loop of I-695 between I-95 and I-83 and I-83 between I-695 and Padonia Road between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Motorists should also expect delays on Monday and Tuesday, November 27 and November 28 between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the MD 26 (Liberty Road) corridor between Brenbrook Road and I-695 near the Vaughn Greene Funeral Home in Randallstown. Members of law enforcement and the community are expected to visit the funeral home to pay respects for the fallen officer. MDOT SHA team members are assisting with traffic control in the area.

To view real-time traffic conditions and access to live traffic cameras, log onto www.md511.org.

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