Head Of Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force Pleads Guilty To Racketeering

Corrupt Baltimore Police Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, 37
Corrupt Baltimore Police Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, 37
John Crump
John Crump

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Former Baltimore Police Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, 37, of Middle River, MD who was in charge of the now disbanded Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force has pleaded guilty in federal court to racketeering.

Federal authorities have arrested a total of nine officers from the disgraced Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and drugs. Prosecutors accuse the GTTF of reselling the drugs and splitting the profits with a drug dealer they supplied. The task force would install GPS trackers on known drug dealer cars and then have a third party break into the cars and steal the cash and drugs. This tactic wasn't the only thing that task force used.

Jenkins and his fellow task force members would also break into suspected drug dealer houses for what is known as a “sneak and peak.” The officers conducted these searches without a warrant to get an inventory of what was in the houses. The officers would then have a third party rob the home of drugs and cash to resell the narcotics.

In one case Jenkins and fellow officers confiscated 50 lbs of marijuana that was sent by an unknown party through the US mail. Instead of turning it in for evidence in an open case the task force passed the drugs to their dealer who then sold it on the Baltimore streets.

This incident wasn't the only time that Jenkins and the other task force officers resold confiscated drugs. In one bust they recovered 30 lbs of marijuana. Once again, instead of turning it in for evidence, Jenkins passed it onto his dealer who sold it for $60,000 earning Jenkins and the other officers $30,000.

In yet another incident of misconduct a car was stopped and found to have $35,000 in cash, but nothing illegal. Jenkins let the driver go, but unknown to the driver he installed a small GPS unit on the car. He then had a third party break into the house and stole the cash when the owner was not home. Jenkins and his officers also stopped a suspect and took his house key. The officers drove to the house of the owner and stole $200,000 and two kilograms of cocaine while officers of the task force were detaining him. The task force then sold the cocaine on the streets of Baltimore through their dealer for $30,000.

Jenkins also admitted to planting evidence in a car of a suspect. Altogether the Task Force made between $200,000 and $250,000 in resold drugs. This money is in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen cash taken by the officers. These illegal activities are now causing hundreds of cases that the officers were involved in to be thrown out of the courts.

Jenkin's attorney, Steve Levin, seems to be implying that these crimes were a result of his time in the Marines and the death of his son. Jenkins served in the Marine Corp and was honorably discharged from the USMC. Levin also asked for leniency because Jenkins helped get guns off the streets of Baltimore. He didn't speak to the fact that most if not all of those cases are going to be thrown out because of the misconduct of the Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force.

“He and others were responsible for seizing hundreds if not thousands of illegal firearms and getting them off the streets of Baltimore City. At some point, regrettably, something changed,” Jenkin's attorney said in court. “Whether that’s a result of something that happened during his time in the military, something during his time in the Police Department, or as a result of the death of his son, remains uncertain.”

Jenkins is facing a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years. The FBI is still trying to grasp the scope of how much money and property was stolen by the officers before the courts can decide on restitution to the victims. Two other officers, Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, are set to go on trial later this month and entered a plea of not guilty.

In all the reporting on this story there is no mention if they were also selling the equally valuable guns they confisicated or stole?

About John Crump

John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on the history of the patriot movement and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss or at www.crumpy.com.

  • 42 thoughts on “Head Of Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force Pleads Guilty To Racketeering

    1. Maybe Jim M can either corroborate or correct me, I don’t know if it is just a law in Kansas or not , but it seems to me there is a law to the effect that if someone is killed during the commission of a crime all of the persons involved in committing the crime are liable for capital punishment.

    2. What I find utterly hilarious, is it the drug dealers are being described as victims!

      They are being described as victims, not just by the author of the article, but by commenters in this thread!

      Describing drug dealers his victims, is the height of insanity, illogic, and the serious deprivation of Common Sense!

      I see no problem whatsoever with the cops being thieves, as they stole from drug dealers! I do have a problem with him having sold the confiscated drugs back on the streets!

      They should be tried for their crimes of being drug dealers, conspiracy to sell drugs, and perjury! I don’t see any other real world crimes having been committed, as the individuals upon whom they preyed were felons themselves, involved in destroying Community via drugs!

      Basically, if they didn’t kill anyone, and they didn’t do any Dirty Deeds to civilians, then all they should be facing are charges as I related above!

      I would also have to agree with the gentleman who noted that almost none of the rioters we’re prosecuted with multiple felonies, and they were aided and abetted by City officials, including the mayor, making up all sorts of excuses for the poor misdirected Souls, who burned businesses after loading them, assaulted innocent people, and assaulted cops!

      How about some consistency, considering that the people that come stole from where low life drug dealing scum, deeply involved in destroying whole families with their Wares?

      1. I assume you firmly believe two wrongs make a right. Your thinking is twisted friend. A broken law has no knowledge or opinion of it’s perpetrator. When our our thirst for justice leads to anarchy then we all become criminals and we all become enforcers. I would expect more from the readers and comments than what I have seen here on this issue. The man was a common thug, his victims even though thugs, we’re still victims of perversion of the law. Rest assured he would have treated even a pillar if virtue, as yourself, in the same twisted fashion.
        @ Wild Bill, I’m still trying to digest your view of crime and punishment. Must be a phase of the moon.

        1. As a former peace officer (San Diego PD), I completely agree with you, Rokflyer. This crew of corrupt cops only encourages people who dislike police officers in their condemnation of the decent officers who work to keep the streets safe.

          One of the victims, per this story, was not even a drug dealer, merely someone who had a large amount of cash on him, yet they entered his home later and stole it.

          If the ignorant commenters here on the list think it is OK to steal from drug dealers, maybe they also think it would be OK to rape their wives or girlfriends, too. Since they are drug dealers, maybe they would think it would be OK to beat or abuse their children. Where does it stop?

          Yes, as a street cop, I located and confiscated – and tag and entered into evidence – drugs and money from dealers. I _never_ confiscated legally owned firearms (serial numbers run to check for being stolen property, of course). Even drug dealers who had already been convicted and adjudged as felons deserve to be able to defend themselves and their families against those who would try to kill them.

          Too many people watch cops do illegal things on TV or videos and think it is the right thing to do. If it happened to them, they would be screaming about their rights being violated.

          The final straw is that they returned those drugs to the streets, for profit. How can anyone here commenting think they are still good guys when they did the same damage to the lives of kids and adults that the _other_ drug dealers did? To all the commenters who think this is OK because the dealers (the ones who weren’t cops, that is) were felons, or because black cops were probably doing this too, get your heads on straight. These corrupt cops should spend years in prison.

      2. Boils right down to this…why is it “illegal” to sell drugs? Who has the right to tell you what you can or cannot ingest? Who has the RIGHT to tell you what you can or cannot EAT? The reason these cops are criminals is because they committed actual crimes with actual victims. The people who sell drugs are criminals because “they” say so, not because they are committing acts of aggression by selling drugs to a party who wants to use them. People…you need to understand that NO VICTIM = NO CRIME and should be the way laws are dealt with. These cops are scum because THEY are actual criminals. They violated the RIGHTS of the drug dealers. The “Laws” against drugs are unconstitutional and shouldn’t be there in the first place. I personally believe if you want to shoot heroine you should be able to buy it at WALMART. Just keep it off the powdered sugar isle. Geezzz…FREEDOM is being able to do whatever you WANT, own whatever you WANT, say whatever you WANT and go wherever you WANT without restrictions, and unless you are damaging someone else, THERE IS NO corpus delicti. (VICTIM) And unless you sign a contract…get a LIFE people.

    3. Didn’t a Baltimore detective get killed who was due to testify against fellow officers stealing drugs and shipping them up to Philadelphia to be sold on the streets? Is this jackwagon part of that group?

    4. Quite likely one of the few white guys on Baltimore’s police force and he’s a crook ? The mayor of Baltimore doesn’t have a problem with blacks sacking businesses and rioting, so why pick on this guy, Baltimore-ians love crime or they wouldn’t elect Democraps to office. He may have a law suite for discrimination, if they punish him, it has to be because of his skin color that he’s being singled out.

    5. Might I suggest adherence to Exodus 21:24 & 25?
      Punishment should be equal to the offense – but not exceed it.
      The courts need to return to righteous justice.

      1. @Gray, A nice thought, but even if the non-christians would accept a religious solution, how would that equality of punishment to offense be measured… inches, Lbs, guess work? Anything that is a felony deserves loss of life, and transfer of all of the perpetrator’s assets to the injured parties.

        1. Greystone is correct. But bear in mind… EACH incidence where EACH individual was involved in stealing cash or drugs warrants the same sentence they would have visited upon the victim (owner of the property from which stolen) for the victim’s possession of the product, as well as FOUR TIMES the value of the product stolen or the amount of cash stolen. THAT is the biblical punishment or restitutioin. Steal or defraud someone, repay FOUR TIMES if caught, but only double if you repent and return on your own initiative. EVERY ONE of their victims now or recently uder indictment for any drug related crimes is also the victim of the perjury of these mouse-men. Thus each of the dirty coppers must serve the tie they tried to impose on each of their victims.

          THAT is biblical punishment and restitution. This being meted out as justice would have every one of these filthy coppers in the federal CrowBar Hotel until time to transfer them out into a pine box.

          As to the weapons they supposedly “got off the streets”, yes, I also wondered how many of them were “not reported” when taken, or were taken unnecessarily/illegally. Again,restore the value of each gun, whether lawfully possessed or owned or otherwise, four times. It may be that a felon in possessioin oughtn’t HAVE the gun, but he DOES, and it is still a piece of personal property which he owns Having it taken by dirtbags in blue suits does not change that ownership.
          ALL of these clowns MUST receive felony sentences on at least one charge to permanently preclude their ever serving as LE or other public servants again, or of possessing arms. Such dirtbags forfeit those rights by such rotten conduct.

          Nice they’re all from Baltimore…. what a city that’s devolved to………

        2. “Anything that is a felony deserves loss of life, and transfer of all of the perpetrator’s assets to the injured parties.” from Wild Bill.

          Wild Bill, thre are a lot of felonies that would never deserve the sentencing of the death penelty. You yourself have likely committed one sometime, somewhere in your life, or will one day.

          You should rethink your idea there. Your statement reminds me of Sharia law

          1. @Country Boy, Perhaps some things should not be classified as a felony, and other things should not be a crime at all. I did not say that the criminal code should not be reorganized. Nope, no felonies here. I just like bright line rules.

      2. May I suggest that as police officers, we were taught to behave _better_ than others, to hold ourselves to a _higher_ standard. I guess that ethic is missing in today’s police departments – and in the minds of civilians who are sometimes treated poorly by cops who should know better and behave better.

    6. The several states need less prisons and more gallows. For every criminal executed, hundreds of criminals are detoured from committing crime.

      1. yeah let’s return to the days of British rule over the American colonies for punishment of crimes…..

        you ought to think that one too Bill

      2. @WB…It has long been my considered opinion that the hemp neck tie applied on the public square might have the desired effect .

      3. @W. Bill, I agree with that, sometimes people learn more if they see an example rather being told a story. For those who are too lenient to put a criminal to death may prefer the middle east method of solving the problem. cutting off fingers, hands or arms depending on the severity of the thief.

      4. Wild Bill,

        Think of all the innocent people who are railroaded into prison by overzealous – or outright corrupt – prosecutors (especially federal). Do you really want them killed, or do you think it might be better if they have the time to get their convictions reversed when the truth comes out (which it sometimes does)?

        Do you remember the Olofson case, where his rifle malfunctioned, and was PROVEN by ATF to be a malfunction, but a bitch of a federal prosecutor (Jody Keeku) and a liberal judge forced the jury to convict because the definition (by ATF) of a machine gun is ANY firearm that fires more than one round with a single press of the trigger? Do you think that David Olofson deserved to be hung for that conviction, making a widow of his wife and depriving their two small children of their father?

        Maybe you’d like to walk your “gallows” statement back a step or two?

    7. For those We trust to Enforce our laws !
      They need to be held to a Higher standard than ,
      common folk . They can’t claim they didn’t Know the laws.
      Maximum sentences should be mandatory for those convicted .
      But they still are innocent until proven guilty . No loopholes for them !
      Jenkins is a Disgrace to the title of Marine !

    8. Please do not use a broad brush to paint the other innocent officers that put their lives on the line each and every day. True these guys should be held to a higher standard. They defaulted on the sacred oath they took willingly. There should be a heavy price to pay for that crime all in it self, on top of all the other crimes. Keep in mind that these few are not the whole force nor the others across America. I support law enforcement 100%. I do not support corruption in any public servant. Guys like these make it tough on those that are doing their job without corruption. Too many times we hear of attacks on officers just because they are officers. God bless America and it’s law enforcement community.

    9. Law enforcement officers, politicians & government employees should be held to a higher standard than ordinary citizens due to their position.
      When they cross the line into criminality, their punishment should automatically be far greater than that given to ordinary citizens.

    10. There are many, many criminal cops on this country’s police departments. They will even murder if necessary. When one is killed, I say good riddance.

      1. There are many good cops out there; as long as there are people, you will always dirty people even cops. I know from hand experience as a youth; he planted the drugs in my pocket if not for the younger cop, who knows what would have happened to me, I was fourteen at the time.

      2. Andy,
        Your Police Department reflects the city in which you live. Just as a certain percentage of the population lives in the shadow of the criminal world, we can only hope that this percentage does not include your local police.
        A number of years ago, there was a psychological exam done on career armed robbers and career street cops. The difference was minimal with the exception that the officers wore a badge and upheld the law.
        Don’t ever wish that a fellow human being is killed because whether right or wrong, that death is a loss to society in one way or another.
        Having been a police officer, I did not want to shoot a “bad guy” unless absolutely necessary.

    11. And now we have the Bundy case finally thrown out due to Federal prosecutorial misconduct and overreach. It’s not just the “locals” who’ve prove tnat “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

    12. Once again, decent Americans distrust and hatred for much of our so called Justice system is proven right , I think there should be “enhanced charges and sentences ” for these common criminals who cloak themselves in the “perceived righteousness” of law enforcement !

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