Baltimore police officer arrested on drug distribution charges in the county

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Spencer Moore. Photo via Baltimore County Police Department.

After a months-long internal affairs investigation, a veteran Baltimore police officer was arrested Tuesday night, when police caught him allegedly dealing pills in a Woodlawn parking lot.

Baltimore County police officers arrested Spencer Moore, a 14-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, after watching him walk up to a white pickup truck and hand an “object” to the driver, Keon Bennett, according to an account from police. Officers stopped and detained both men, who had met up in the 1600 block of Forest Park Avenue.

Inside a Lexus that Moore, 34, had stepped out of, police say officers found three bottles containing more than 100 Oxycodone pills, with two bottles missing labels. They also found marijuana and more Oxycodone pills inside the truck, police say.

Moore, who lives in Forest Park, was charged with distribution, possession and possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and fraudulently obtaining a prescription, court records show. Bennett, of Gwynn Oak, faces the same charges plus possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana.

Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle revealed at a press conference Wednesday afternoon that city and county police, as well as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, had been investigating Moore for several months. BPD’s Internal Affairs Division launched the probe, a detail Tuggle said he is “particularly proud of.”

“We will not stand for this type of activity. We will not stand for disgrace of the badge,” said Tuggle, a former head of the DEA’s Philadelphia division. “In the interest of trust and transparency, I want to let the community know that we do have the capacity to investigate our own.”

Moore was already out on paid suspension for an unrelated incident before his arrest, Tuggle said. As of last night, he’s suspended without pay.

Tuggle declined to share additional details about prior incidents involving Moore, though he acknowledged he was involved in “a couple.” The Sun reported in May that Moore was with a woman when she was shot in the neck in Southwest Baltimore, and had cooperated with investigators. He was off-duty at the time and had already been suspended.

A Baltimore County Police Department spokesman said an arrest report wasn’t immediately available.

Moore and Bennett, 27, are both currently held on $50,000 bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson. Both are due to appear in Baltimore County District Court on Aug. 24.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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