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Former Baltimore police officer sentenced to 14 months in jail for lying about drug theft

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Posted at 4:22 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 16:22:33-05

BALTIMORE — A former Baltimore police officer involved in the Gun Trace Task Force scandal has been sentenced to 14 months in federal prison.

Victor Rivera, 48, has been sentenced for making false statements to federal officers about being connected with a scheme to sell three kilograms of cocaine that was seized during a Baltimore police investigation in 2009.

Rivera made $20,000 from the sale of the cocaine, which was seized during a drug raid instead of being turned in as evidence.

On March 1, 2017, seven members of the BPD’s Gun Trace Task Force were arrested on federal racketeering charges.

Following the filing of charges, the FBI continued to investigate misconduct by members of the BPD.

On November 1, 2019, Rivera agreed to participate in a voluntary interview with FBI task force officers.

Rivera was told it was a crime to lie to the FBI TFOs interviewing him and he acknowledged he understood. In that interview, Rivera made a number of false statements and material omissions.