Philadelphia police officer accused in Baltimore drug plot

BALTIMORE – the Philadelphia police officer has been charged in an alleged plot to sell drugs seized during police operations in Baltimore, where he previously was an officer, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Officer Eric Troy Snell’s arrest in Philadelphia in his house makes him the ninth officer accused in a corruption investigation into the activities of the members of the Police Gun Trace Task Force, the U. S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore said.

Snell, who prosecutors said was previously a Baltimore police officer, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine. It can not be determined whether he has an attorney.

Snell was suspended for 30 days, “with the intent to dismiss,” a spokesman for the Philadelphia Police Department said in a statement Tuesday.

According to the court documents, Snell met Jemell Rayam to the members of the police academy. They kept in contact after Snell, a member of the Philadelphia section in 2014. Rayam remained on the Baltimore force as a detective.

Snell, Rayam and Snell’s brother conspired to sell drugs confiscated during police operations in Baltimore, the indictment claims. In October 2016, court documents said, Rayam and other Baltimore police chased a driver who threw nine grams of cocaine from his car’s window.

One of the agents told Rayam to the sale of the cocaine instead of everything in a police evidence room, court documents said. Rayam, Snell, and Snell’s brother met at the Snell’s home in Philadelphia to plan the sale of the cocaine, authorities said.

Rayam was arrested in the investigation in June. Prosecutors said Snell spoke with Rayam on a recorded line in prison, and denied that his brother had told authorities about the drug trafficking.

Snell told Rayam that he keep an eye on Rayam children; Rayam was that a threat, prosecutors said.

Rayam pleaded guilty to extortion conspiracy last month.

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