Phila. cop indicted in Baltimore drug plot
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.