Former dets. Momodu Gondo (right) and Jemell Rayam. Images via Baltimore Police Department.

A federal judge has sentenced a fourth Baltimore man with ties to now-incarcerated officers from the corrupt Gun Trace Task Force to more than 15 years and eight months in prison for distributing heroin.

Glen Kyle Wells, 31, was sentenced today, nearly a week after his former partners Antonio Shropshire and Alexander Campbell received respective prison sentences of 25 and nearly 16 years. The three men and two others, Omari Thomas and Antoine Washington, were convicted last October of trafficking large amounts of heroin from the city—largely operating out of the Alameda Shopping Center—out to the counties. Only Antoine Washington still awaits sentencing.

Their operation, dubbed the Shropshire Drug Trafficking Organization by federal authorities, began in 2010 and continued for more than six years, thanks in part to protection from former Baltimore Police Det. Momodu Gondo, a member of the since-disbanded Gun Trace Task Force.

Gondo protected Wells personally, diverting a fellow officer away from tracking Wells’ activity in June and July 2016—”I got in [the officer’s] butt for you, yo!” Gondo said afterward, per an indictment—and later planned out how they would keep selling drugs together after Wells got out of prison (before Gondo himself was indicted in March 2017). Wells referred to Gondo as his “best friend” on recorded phone calls.

Wells was tied to other Gun Trace Task Force cops. According to the officers’ indictment, he, Gondo and former Det. Jemell Rayam together once robbed a rival drug dealer’s house, stealing 800 grams of heroin, $12,000 in cash, a gun (which Wells sold) and a watch.

The officers’ ties to the drug ring are what tipped federal agencies off to the Gun Trace Task Force’s racketeering activities. Eight officers pleaded guilty or were convicted of racketeering and other related charges in the case. Gondo, known in the crew as “G Money,” faces more than 40 years in prison.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...