Just as the last of the Gun Trace Task Force officers is set to be sentenced this Friday, another former Baltimore cop has been indicted for allegedly planting a BB gun on someone to help out the GTTF’s former ringleader, Wayne Jenkins, in 2014, and for trying to keep a fellow officer from telling the feds about it.
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Momodu Gondo, one of eight indicted former Baltimore cops who pillaged drug dealers, falsified overtime slips and operated a ring selling stolen drugs and guns with the Gun Trace Task Force, was sentenced to a decade in prison this morning.
If there’s anyone with enough intimate knowledge about the devastating tenure of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force to write a book on it, it’s the local reporter duo of Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg. That’s now in the works, as both have officially signed a book deal with New York-based trade publisher St. Martin’s Press.
Det. Daniel Hersl, a member of the notorious Gun Trace Task Force that stole money, property and drugs from citizens and falsified police reports and time sheets, was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison today, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.
Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, the ringleader of the Gun Trace Task Force that for years robbed citizens, planted evidence and falsified reports and overtime, and one of his detectives, Marcus Taylor, were sentenced today to federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
Jenkins received a sentence of 25 years, and Taylor received a sentence of 18 years.
Mayor Catherine Pugh on Wednesday said her initial opposition to a state commission investigating the Gun Trace Task Force was that it would be “duplicative” of efforts by federal prosecutors and the city’s own police monitoring team, but she would not ask Gov. Larry Hogan to veto the legislation.
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.
By Ethan McLeod and Brandon Weigel
A federal grand jury on Monday convicted Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, two former members of a Baltimore Police Department team charged with getting weapons off city streets, of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, robbery and wire fraud charges, according to reporters covering the case.
A gray-haired man and a blonde woman left the courtroom as the prosecution was delivering its final arguments to the jury. The man looked at Det. Daniel Hersl and nodded. The woman appeared to be crying.