Local BCPD officer indicted for planting evidence
A federal grand jury has indicted former Baltimore City Police Sergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins, age 37, of Middle River, Maryland, last week on charges relating to a 2010 arrest based in part on planted evidence. Jenkins has been charged with Destruction, Alteration, or Falsification of Records in Federal Investigations and Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law.
According to federal prosecutors, in 2010, Jenkins planted approximately 28 grams of heroin in the car of a suspect involved in a police chase that resulted in a collision that killed an elderly driver.
The officer who discovered the planted drugs was Officer Sean Suiter, the BCPD officer who was shot and killed in Baltimore City on November 15th.
“Jenkins planted evidence, drugs, inside the vehicle they were pursuing,” said Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis during a press conference given on the day of the indictments. “Suiter was used and put in
a position where he unwittingly recovered drugs planted by another officer, and that’s a damn shame.”
Based on this false police report, two citizens were charged with, and imprisoned for federal drug charges for the heroin that had been planted in their car. Their convictions have since been overturned.
Jenkins is currently awaiting trial on January 16, 2018 on criminal racketeering and fraud charges. Jenkins now faces an additional sentence of 20 years in prison for the additional charges and remains detained.