Philadelphia police officer indicted in Baltimore drug plot

Elias Hubbard
November 15, 2017

Eric Troy Snell, a 33-year-old officer hired by the Philadelphia Police Department in 2014, allegedly worked with his brother and Baltimore police detective Jamell Rayam to sell the stolen cocaine and heroin, according to an indictment handed down by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

A Philadelphia cop has been arrested for allegedly masterminding a plot to sell drugs that were supposed to be submitted as evidence, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

A Philadelphia police officer is the ninth officer to be arrested in connection with a major conspiracy by members of a gun task force with the Baltimore Police Department. A three-year veteran of the force now with the 35 district, Snell has been suspended from the police department for 30 days within intent to dismiss, the department said.

According to court documents, Snell met Jemell Rayam, now a detective, at the Baltimore police academy. But prosecutors now say that Rayam and several cohorts, including two commanding sergeants, used their positions to rob drug dealers and pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars uncovered while searching homes and cars of suspected criminals.

On or around October 3 of a year ago, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, Rayam and task force detectives engaged in a high-speed chase where the drive threw more than 9 ounces of cocaine out his window before he crashed near Mondawmin Mall. Snell, after learning Rayam had obtained cocaine, allegedly asked Rayam to give it to him instead of submitting it as evidence to the Baltimore Police Department, authorities say. Prosecutors said Snell spoke with Rayam on a recorded line in jail and denied that his brother had told authorities about the drug trafficking. Snell then allegedly gave the cocaine to his brother before the three discussed how much to sell it for and how much in kickbacks Snell and Rayam would get.

Rayam pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy last month. It was not immediately clear whether he had retained a lawyer.

Snell is also accused of selling 80 grams of heroin that Rayam had also gotten from Jenkins. The Philadelphia Police Department has suspended him for 30 days with intent to dismiss.

Snell is also accused of saying he would "keep an eye" on Rayam's children, which Rayam took as a threat to harm his children is he said anything about Snell's involvement.

Snell, who had his initial appearance Tuesday in federal court in Baltimore, will remain in custody until a detention hearing on Friday afternoon. Jenkins pleaded not guilty and will go to trial in January. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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