Bail bondsman who admits to helping GTTF sell drugs takes the stand

Posted at 12:41 PM, Feb 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-02 06:39:55-05

A bail bondsman who admits to helping sell drugs for the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force took the stand Thursday. 

The prosecution continued its case in the corruption trial against Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor.

They are two of the task force members accused of scamming suspected drug dealers and stealing thousands in unearned overtime pay; six others have pleaded guilty and four are testifying for the government. 

Donald Stepp took the stand and admitted to selling the drugs Sergeant Wayne Jenkins, the head of the Gun Trace Task Force, would steal from dealers in Baltimore.

He said he agreed to sell the drugs because Sgt. Jenkins grew up with his family and felt comfortable with him.

"I evaluate risk and I thought it was a winner. I am here because of greed."

Stepp testified he must have made one million dollars selling drugs for Sgt. Jenkins. He also said he provided "quick bags" and bought all the heavy duty equipment used for robberies. He bought grappling hooks, masks and machetes on Amazon.

At one point Stepp said Sgt. Jenkins told him there were other officers in other units that steal too. 

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Stepp testified about Sgt. Thomas Wilson and a conversation he had with him, Sgt. Jenkins, Marcus Taylor, and a drug deal from New York at SCORES.

Sgt. Wilson was Sgt. Jenkins former partner.

Stepp said Sgt. Wilson asked Jenkins how Taylor was performing. Jenkins said great and talked about how he helped get 30 pounds of marijuana during a robbery outside of Belvedere Towers (now The Falls) in North Baltimore.

During that conversation, Jenkins also called Daniel Hersl "one of the most corrupt cops in Baltimore City."

When the prosecution asked how many drugs Sgt. Jenkins delivered Stepp over the years, he couldn't count.

He recalled two trash bags of prescription drugs being dropped off. Sgt. Jenkins said, "I got a whole pharmacy here. I don't even know what it is."

Stepp testified that Sgt. Jenkins said he got the drugs off people coming out of the pharmacies during the riots after Freddie Gray's death in 2015. 

Stepp said Jenkins would drop the drugs off in a shed behind his house. 

Defense attorneys said Stepp owned a million dollar home in Baltimore County and also donated to several politicians including Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

At least four other detectives from the Gun Trace Task Force have already pleaded guilty in this case and three of them have already taken the stand. 

Detective Momudu Gondo is the only one who has not been called yet.

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The trial is expected to last another two to three weeks and the jury will determine whether Hersl and Taylor used the protection of their badge to rob and extort Baltimore citizens.