Two Baltimore police detectives were sentenced in 2006 to each serve more than a century in prison for shaking down drug dealers for money, and stealing cocaine and heroin for their informants. They argued that their tactics were widely used and endorsed as part of legitimate undercover work.



2006: Making up cases



Detectives opened an internal investigation in the fall of 2006 examining a sergeant and six plainclothes officers on the Special Enforcement Team in the Southeastern District who were accused of embellishing or making up cases to obtain arrest warrants. The allegations came to light when federal and state prosecutors began dropping hundreds of criminal cases involving the officers. None of the officers were charged with crimes and it's unclear what, if anything, happened with the internal investigation.



2009: Prison smuggling



At least four state prison guards were charged in 2009 with smuggling salmon and vodka to a violent prison gang and helping them arrange drug deals, extort protection money and arrange hits on witnesses and rivals on Baltimore streets. Authorities said the gang tried to take over the city's lucrative drug trade from behind prison walls with the help of prison guards.

peter.hermann@baltsun.com

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