Wiretapped Calls Expose City Cop Facing Life For Heroin Ring

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Rogue cop. WJZ goes inside the drug operation that stretched from Baltimore and around the world.

Just unsealed wiretapped conversations expose the inner workings of that heroin operation. At the head: a city cop prosecutors say was dealing drugs while on the job.

Mike Hellgren investigates a trail of evidence that stretched more than 5,000 miles.

The feds say Officer Daniel Redd would speak in coded language, making deals worth tens of thousands of dollars and providing armed protection while in uniform–never believing he’d get caught.

Federal authorities say couriers would make the 11-hour flight from Accra in Ghana, Africa to Dulles International Airport. Runners would then take the drugs to Baltimore, and that’s where city officer Daniel Redd comes in.

Prosecutors allege his supplier Tamim Mamah worked with Redd to get the heroin to street-level dealers.

“The couriers made $415,000 per trip, so they made a lot of money off of it,” said Neil H. Macbride, U.S. Attorney Eastern District of Virginia.

A court affidavit details coded, wiretapped conversations and says you can hear the officer’s police radio under some of them.

In one deal he tells Mamah, “Yeah, that’s all it’s going to be…200…for me…The rest for you.  I get a little piece.  You get the whole shabang.”  Who replies . . .”We all eat these little peanuts until we hit the big brick.”

Prosecutors say Redd got one of his shipments of heroin at what he believed was a secret meeting outside the Exxon at Cold Spring Lane and Falls Road. It was almost $40,000 worth.

They say he provided protection to a dealer nicknamed Bit, who was afraid she’d get stopped by police, telling her: “I mean, he [the officer] Shouldn’t give a ****… Because I’m on y’all side…  That’s a lot of cash.  You gotta make sure some ****** ****** ain’t on that.”

“We just can’t give quarter to corruption,” said Commissioner Fred Bealefeld, Baltimore City Police. “We can’t and won’t, and we will exhaust every means and every resource to eliminating it from our ranks.” 

On Facebook, Redd says his favorite movie is “Training Day,” where Denzel Washington plays a crooked narcotics officer who thinks he’s above the law. The defense says Redd is not. He now faces life in prison.

City police contacted the FBI when they first got tipped to the corruption. Redd will be in court Friday morning.

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  1. est 1988 says:

    His favorite movie is training day? Should be “American Gangster” lmao

    1. Ken says:

      His partner should have shot him in the ass in the hood.

  2. andy botwin says:

    shows most baltimore cops are corrupt

    1. sean says:

      Yes, of course, because if one is corrupt, then all 1800 of them are also…that’s logic for ya! Just like all criminals are black, and all illegal aliens are hispanic, and all accountants are white. Thanks for stereotyping, captain clueless.

      1. ASHLEY says:

        SEAN APPARENTLY YOU DO NOT LIVE IN BALTIMORE CITY , OR WATCH THE NEWS EVERY NIGHT IN BALTIMORE, KILLINGS, MURDERS, DRUG DEALINGS, CURRUPT POLICE, MAYORS, . NEIGHBORHOODS ARE TO DANGEROUS TO LIVE IN OR AROUND. IF THE BALTIMORE CITY POLICE WOULD DO THERE JOBS, THIS IS WHAT THEY CHOOSE TO DO RIGHT, THEY CAN’T EVEN GET IT CLOSE TO WERE IT SHOULD BE. KEEP RAISING THEM THERE TAXES, AND KEEP PAYING THERE RAISES SEAN, CPT RUNT

      2. Sean says:

        Actually Ashley, AKA Andy, I do live in the city and have had the pleasure of meeting some of the best cops I have ever known. So, it is a bit of a stretch to assume that one cops actions represents the entire departments attitude.

  3. happy1 says:

    I hope Andy is not a Accountant????

  4. Tonia Jo says:

    Who is in charge of the BALTIMORE CITY POLICE. The Baltimore City Mayor has no contol over anthing these days other then being sued and spending all her time bailing out the BALTIMORE CITY POLICE in court case after court case. The city is that reeds, the dream, wow, how about a new Mayor and police chief

    1. Rizz says:

      What? What?!?

      “The city is that reeds…”

      Again, WHAT?!?

      So what is it, a city of saxophone players now?

      1. DAVE says:

        THE CITY THAT BLEEDS! ,,,,, NOT REEDS, NOT READS

      2. Truth says:

        Rizz – that may be one of the best comments I have ever read! Thanks for the post!

  5. GLK says:

    The canadates for baltimore cityb mayor ‘s office are talking about legalizing marijuana. y I think this city needs all the brain cells it can get and then some. Baltimore City Police, , Police Chief, and Baltimore City Mayor , have no clue on fighting crime, Drug Stings, Drug Arrest, the city in most are’s are infested with drug gangs, dealers, murders, and now the police are dealing drugs , shooting unarmed citzens, whats next? CATCH NEWS AT 11

  6. Tonia Jo says:

    The Baltimore City Mayor gave her self a raise when she was elected into office. She said she works hard , but what work does she speak of. The Baltimore City Police Chief Needs TO FIND A NEW JOB AS WELL. BALTIMORE CITY MAYOR. BALTIMORE CITY POLICE CHIEF = Baltimore City Mayor = LOSER

  7. andy botwinA says:

    THE FBI NEEDS TO COME IN AND FORM A TASK FORCE AND CLEAN OUT THE ENTIRE BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT STARTING WITH THE MAYOR,
    POLICE CHEIF, POLICE COMMISSIONER, ALL MAJORS, CAPTAINS, DETECTIVES,
    LTS, SARGEANTS, FIND OUT WHO IS DEALING DRUGS AND GUNS AND FIRE 0THEM THAT DAY . iF MANAGEMENT IS TURNING A BLIND EYE TO THIS CONDUCT THEY TO SHOULD ALSO BE FIRED ( DO IT SOONER THAN LATER TO SAVE MORE LIVES!!!!!!!)

  8. JOSEPH says:

    BALTIMORE CITY POLICE HAVE BEEN CHARGED FOR RAPES, KILLING UNARMED CITZENS, DEALING DRUGS, CANNOT CONTOL THE CITYS CRIME, GET RID OF THE BALTIMORE CITY POLICE CHIEF, MAYOR, AND THE CITY POLICE WHO CANNOT HANDLE THERE JOBS. NEXT WEEK THEY ALL WILL WANT PAY RAISES, WEEK AFTER THAT RAISE MORE TAXES, WHAT A CITY. ONLY RIGHT HERE IN CHARM CITY HARM CITY B-MORE CAREFUL CITY

    1. Heel and Sole says:

      …and let’s not forget the infamous “your city, my city, Shoe City!” Please don’t forget Value City, either!

      1. Ken says:

        LOL…that’s a funny one Heel and Soul…I am still laughing…

  9. KIM says:

    IF WE HAVE A BALTIMORE CHIEF OF POLICE WHAT THE HELL DOES HE, HE DO ALL DAY? CAN YOU IMAGINE WE PAY THE MAYOR, CHIEF OF POLICE TO TAKE CHARGE OF WHAT?

  10. Principal Skinner says:

    Is it my imagination running away with me (where have I heard that before?) or did everyone graduate from UC High School? That’s Upper Case! Can you stop typing in upper case? What’s your point? Is it that much easier to type your opinion on capital letters?

  11. nightwalker says:

    I must honestly say for me being African American I feel so embarrassed to be a black man. All I see are young black males destroying every thing. Not all who are on the force are bad guys. I know a few good guys who are very good cops. If honest citizens were to start standing up for their communities then we can take back what was once not a so violent city. Most of the problems are us of color. We use to have pride and respect but now all we do is destroy.

    1. Leonard says:

      Thank’s nightwalker, I feel the same way! Man, back whe I was coming out of high school 86 we took pride in being responsible, our music was cleaner and positive. Somewhere along the line it became cool with our young men to be “Nigga’s” walking around looking unkept, trying to live out all of the negative stereotypes ever presented. It’s acceptable to drink and smoke all day and the side effects of that life (laziness) are normal. We used to strive to have a job, a car and a place of our own so we could take our girlfriends shopping or pick them up for a date or take them to “OUR” place not our momma’s house. I don’t know what’s going on these days! It breaks my heart! But I’ll mention this it’s not just the black kids anymore. these so called “Wiggers” are multiplying like roaches too!

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