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Feds: Corrupt Baltimore Gun Taskforce detective protected drug trafficking ring

April 8, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds: Corrupt Baltimore Gun Taskforce detective protected drug trafficking ring Disgraced Detective Momodu Bondeva Kenton Gondo (left) and Antoine “Twan” Washington

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A drug dealer was sentenced to 22 years behind bars for his role in a heroin drug trafficking enterprise that authorities allege was protected by a former detective with the corrupt Baltimore Gun Taskforce.

According to court records, Antoine Washington, 29, was sentenced for conspiring to distribute, possessing with intent to distribute, and distribution of heroin that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Jaime Lidlow, 19, of Bel Air.

Authorities say evidence shows that Washington sold heroin to clients in the Baltimore area.

A probe was opened following Lidlow’s fatal overdose, which ultimately led authorities to the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force corruption investigation, WBAL-TV reported.

The drug trafficking group that Washington was a member of, known as the Shropshire Drug Trafficking Organization, resulted in fatal overdoses directly linked to the heroin they sold.

Federal investigators picked up former disgraced Detective Momodu Gondo protecting the drug organization, which ultimately led to a more extensive corruption case resulting in the convictions of Gondo and seven other former detectives.

A federal prosecutor said sentencing for Gondo and the other former Baltimore Gun Task Force members would be scheduled soon.

Washington will also serve five years of supervised release upon his release.

“It is a disgusting fact Washington was marketing based on overdoses. There can be no argument he didn’t know his heroin was killing people,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Wise said during the court proceeding.

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