BALTIMORE — A former Baltimore Police detective has pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal agents.
According to his guilty plea, 47-year-old Ivo Louvado, joined the Baltimore Police Department on November 21, 1999, and was promoted to Detective in 2008.
In February 2009, one of his co-workers advised they received information from a confidential informant about a large-scale narcotics trafficker operating out of a residence in the Baltimore area. On February 19, 2009, Louvado and other members of his squad were conducting surveillance in the 1400 block of Ellamont Street, targeting an individual, T.M.
As detailed in the plea, other officers participating in the action followed a car from that residence. Officers claimed to have recovered trash with cocaine residue that had been thrown from the car they were following.
Louvado and other officers then entered the residence that the man was allegedly observed leaving and remained in the home until two members of the squad obtained a search warrant. Louvado partipated in the search of the residence and alerted the presence of a jacket hanging behind a door that contained a large amount of cash in it, which Louvado photographed.
While in the home, officers found car keys and a BPD officer activated the remote alarm on one of the keys which alerted them to a pickup truck parked nearby. Under construction debris in the truck a significant quantity of cocaine was found.
Louvado and other officers waited with the cocaine until a SWAT team arrived. The SWAT team was called to provide protection during the transportation of the cocaine to BPD headquarters because it was such a large quantity.
In order to transport the cocaine, it was loaded into a BPD surveillance van driven by another member of Louvado’s squad, K.G. After the cocaine was loaded, Louvado followed the SWAT team to BPD headquarters to maintain chain-of-custody over the cocaine.
Forty-one kilograms of cocaine was turned into the BPD’s Evidence Control Unit on February 20, 2009. Later that day, federal drug charges were filed against T.M.
Louvado admitted that he, K.G., and V.R. (another member of the squad) later discovered three kilograms of cocaine in the surveillance van that had been used to transport the 41 kilograms that were turned into BPD.
The three kilograms were part of the seizure from T.M.’s pick-up truck but had not been turned into BPD. The three of them agreed that instead of turning the cocaine in to BPD they would sell it and split the proceeds.
On March 1, 2017, seven members of the BPD’s Gun Trace Task Force were arrested on federal racketeering charges, including W.J. Following the filing, the FBI continued to investigate misconduct and on May 30, 2018, Louvado agreed to participate in a voluntary interview with an FBI special agent and an FBI task force officer, who questioned him about the seizure of cocaine on February 19 and 20, 2009.
In that interview, Louvado knowingly falsified, concealed, and covered up material facts, namely, that he and two other officers had split the proceeds.
Louvado faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for making false statements to federal agents.
Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has not yet scheduled sentencing.