Lo­cal BCPD of­fi­cer in­dicted for plant­ing ev­i­dence

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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.

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