A Baltimore Police officer who allegedly ran his own drug ring at one point brazenly sold heroin at the parking lot of the Northwestern District Station while in uniform, according to a federal indictment.
"The allegations against Daniel Redd are an affront to and undermine the integrity of the hard working men and women of the Baltimore Police Department," said Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld, III. "When allegations of potential misconduct surfaced, the Baltimore Police Department immediately launched a comprehensive investigation and partnered with the FBI and United States Attorney's Office. We will not tolerate corruption among our ranks."
In addition to Officer Daniel Redd, 41, four others were indicted on drug and gun charges. Other defendants arrested include Abdul Zakaria (aka "Tamim Mamah"), Shanel Stallings (aka "Bit"), Dyrell Garrett (aka "D"), and Malik Jones.
"As evidenced by this indictment and other recent cases throughout the state, the Department of Justice continues to make rooting out corruption at all levels one of its top criminal priorities," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard McFeely. "It is even more egregious that much of this illegal trafficking was allegedly being conducted by an officer who was sworn to stop the very activity he now has been charged with."
Investigators believe Redd, a uniformed patrol officer in the Northwest District of Baltimore, and Zakaria headed the drug organization. The affidavit alleges that Zakaria and others obtained heroin from suppliers in Africa and distributed the heroin to customers, including Redd, Garrett, and Jones. Redd allegedly distributed the heroin to others, including Stallings.
Police records reveal that Redd was on duty at the time of several of the calls. On March 31, Redd provided heroin to Zakaria in the parking lot of the Northwest District Station, while wearing his full police uniform.
Each defendant faces life in prison for conspiring to distribute heroin. Redd, Zakaria, and Garrett face up to 40 years for possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. Redd, Zakaria, and Stallings also face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin and Redd faces a maximum sentence of life in prison on each of three counts for carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
"The Baltimore Police Department initiated this investigation and has been a full partner in this and other pending federal cases involving allegedly corrupt police officers," said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.