Baltimore police officer Spencer P. Moore was arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly selling roughly 100 Oxycodone pills on the street.
According to the Baltimore Sun, officers observed Moore in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood approach a silver Lexus and exchange an envelope with a driver. When officers pulled the vehicle over and conducted a search, they found three pill bottles containing roughly 100 Oxycodone painkillers with no prescription label attached to the bottle.
“Officers immediately recognized this as a narcotics transaction,” Baltimore County officers told the Sun.
Officer Moore has been charged with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, possession of a dangerous controlled substance, and obtaining a prescription by fraud. However, Moore is far from the only Baltimore police officer who has been accused of criminal activity.
Multiple Baltimore Police Department officers with the city’s Gun Trace Task Force pleaded guilty in a sweeping investigation of corruption earlier this year to multiple charges including racketeering conspiracy and robbery. Officers even planted fake guns on suspects if they found themselves “in a jam” from killing unarmed citizens.
Baltimore officers have also been accused of stealing millions of dollars from citizens through the controversial practice of civil asset forfeiture, in which police can take cash from anyone under the suspicion that the money may have been illegally obtained without ever charging anyone with a crime. Police seized over $10 million from citizens over a five-year period and only returned roughly $643,000.
Officer Moore is currently being held without bail in the Baltimore County Department of Corrections in Towson, Maryland, and is on unpaid suspension pending the conclusion of his case.
“This type of activity is just simply not going to be tolerated,” Baltimore Police Department interim commissioner Gary Tuggle stated. “Every day men and women put this uniform on, and they go out with a sense of pride and dignity as they execute the mission of protecting the citizens of the city. We will not stand for this type of activity. We will not stand for disgrace of the badge.”
Nick Jewell is a freelance political writer, and a proud resident of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.