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Judge reverses ruling, orders officer accused of drug dealing held

A federal judge on Friday reversed an earlier ruling and ordered a Baltimore police officer charged in a drug conspiracy case to be jailed until his trial, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office. No trial date has been set.

Officer Daniel Redd, who has been imprisoned since his arrest last month, was granted a conditional release Thursday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher, who ordered that he be discharged to his mother's house under electronic home monitoring.

Federal prosecutors appealed, and on Friday U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles sided with the government, according to a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor's office in Baltimore.

In a hearing Thursday, the lead prosecutor called evidence against Redd "overwhelming" and noted that the officer confessed to investigators. Redd, 41, who worked out of the Northwest District station, was charged with selling heroin while he was in uniform. One of the transactions, according to court documents, occurred in the stationhouse parking lot.

He faces decades in prison if convicted on all counts.

peter.hermann@baltsun.com

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