It was a case that would rock Baltimore to its core. An elite police squad robbing its own citizens, stealing thousands of dollars and re-selling confiscated drugs.
There were homeless men and construction workers who were robbed, prisoners who claimed they were framed, and a shed where ecstasy and heroin were stored.
What sounds like a plot out of a Hollywood film became reality in March 2017 when seven of the eight men who made up the Gun Trace Task force were arrested.
They became one of America’s most corrupt police force, and their entire world came crashing down due to one rogue GPS tracker, according to the BBC.
Wayne Earl Jenkins, Momodu Gondo, Evodio Hendrix, Maurice Ward, Jemell Rayam, Daniel Hersl, and Marcus Taylor were arrested in March 2017.
All seven cops were on the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force, a plainclothes unit focused on handgun violations and tracing illegal firearms.
Led by Jenkins, the group worked on the taskforce in 2015 and 2016.
Only one member of the entire squad, John Clewell, was not arrested. And yet it was Clewell’s name who helped bring down the entire operation.
The house of cards began to tumble back in October 19, 2015, during an investigation into suspected heroin dealer Aaron Anderson.
Anderson and rival dealer Antonio Shropshire, both based in Baltimore, were supplying the bulk of heroin to rural Harford County.
Harford County Sheriff’s Department Det David McDougall had been trailing Anderson for weeks, watching ‘surprisingly open drug sales at a strip mall’.
McDougall had placed a GPS tracker underneath Anderson’s car, and was shocked one night when the dealer went to The Red Roof motel instead of his home.
Warrants were changed and, after a few days of delay, McDougall nabbed his dealer.
When he asked Anderson why he had been staying at the motel, Anderson revealed two men had kicked down his door days earlier.