BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A sixth Baltimore Police officer charged with planting drugs on people, robbing dealers of their drugs and cash, as well as falsifying police reports — including for overtime that was not worked — has pleaded guilty in federal court in Baltimore.
Prosecutors say former Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, 37, was a supervisor on the department’s gun trace task force when he and the other officers stole upwards of $150,000 from dealers and sold the drugs they confiscated.
The maximum penalty for all the charges is 100 years in prison, but by entering into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, the recommended sentence is 20 to 30 years.
The judge reviewed the counts and Jenkins answered in a strong, clear voice that he was guilty of what was presented. If asked if he had anything more to say, Jenkins told the judge, “No, ma’am, I’m ashamed of myself.”
The judge has the discretion to alter the recommended sentence, and has set April 12th for Jenkins’ formal sentencing.