30 September 2010

Baltimore Police Disband Drug Unit

Depressing news from WBAL Baltimore:
WBAL-TV 11 News has confirmed that the Baltimore City Police Department has disbanded one of its drug units.

The unit, based in northwest Baltimore, was disbanded because the department is investigating allegations of misconduct on the part of several officers, 11 News learned Wednesday.

11 News was told that one supervisor and one officer were suspended.

At this point, officials said no charges have been filed against the officers.

The department called the allegations a 'personnel matter' and said Internal Affairs is investigating.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the unit was made up of six patrol officers and detectives who did drug enforcement in northwest Baltimore.

Officials said a sergeant and an officer are accused of using a stolen private citizen's license plate on an unmarked police car while doing official police business.
You would have think that the problems were pretty serious for a drug unit to be disbanded; it's a shame too, because these units are specifically focused on the drug problem in one area of the city.  In particular, the article notes that there were six shootings in the Northwestern District over the past weekend.
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