Ex-police officer sentenced in Baltimore racketeering case

BALTIMORE (AP) — A fired Philadelphia police officer has been sentenced in Baltimore as part of a racketeering case that exposed one of the worst U.S. police corruption scandals in recent memory.

Eric Snell was sentenced Friday to nine years in federal prison for conspiracy and intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.

He pleaded guilty three days into his trial on charges that he conspired to sell drugs with members of a rogue Baltimore police unit called the Gun Trace Task Force. The plainclothes squad resold looted narcotics, conducted robberies and falsified evidence.

Snell had served as an officer in Baltimore before joining the Philadelphia Police Department.

He went through police training with disgraced Baltimore Detective Jemell Rayam, who pleaded guilty to racketeering charges and cooperated with the government.

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