Phila. cop in­dicted in Bal­ti­more drug plot

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - NEWS -

A Philadel­phia po­lice of­fi­cer has been charged in an al­leged plot to sell drugs seized dur­ing po­lice oper­a­tions in Bal­ti­more, where he had pre­vi­ously been an of­fi­cer, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said Tues­day.

Of­fi­cer Eric Troy Snell’s ar­rest at his Philadel­phia home makes him the ninth of­fi­cer in­dicted in a cor­rup­tion probe into ac­tiv­i­ties of the Bal­ti­more Po­lice De­part­ment’s Gun Trace Task Force, the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice in Bal­ti­more said.

Snell, who pros­e­cu­tors said was for­merly a Bal­ti­more po­lice of­fi­cer, is charged with con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute and pos­sess with in­tent to dis­trib­ute heroin and co­caine. It could not be de­ter­mined if he has a lawyer.

Snell has been sus­pended for 30 days, “with in­tent to dis­miss,” a spokesman for the Philadel­phia Po­lice De­part­ment said in a state­ment Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Snell met Jemell Rayam at the Bal­ti­more po­lice acad­emy. They kept in con­tact af­ter Snell joined the Philadel­phia de­part­ment in 2014. Rayam re­mained on the Bal­ti­more force as a de­tec­tive.

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