A Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officer faces numerous federal drug and firearms charges with a local motorcycle club.
In a news release, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said authorities arrested Steven Umberto Angelini on Wednesday for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and oxycodone in the city.
Angelini, 41, served in the department’s administrative duties division before being suspended without pay following his arrest.
According to the affidavit, Angelini, who has been with the police department since 2006, began distributing drugs to members of the Infamous Ryders Motorcycle Club and the president of its Maryland chapter in January. The affidavit claimed that Angelini contacted the chapter president via text message and offered to sell him the drugs.
After telling the chapter president, referred to as “Co-Conspirator 1” in the statement, that one of the gang’s drug dealers was recently murdered, Angelini and the president agreed that the latter would provide the officer with $100. and cocaine in exchange for oxycodone.
During the retention, Angelini twice offered co-conspirator 1 information about the supplier’s homicide investigation in exchange for narcotics before agreeing to the terms, according to court documents.
In the following days, Angelini gave the club president detailed information about the homicide investigation. The two did not communicate again until April, when the officer offered to sell him a ghost gun and hollow point ammunition in exchange for money and drugs.
They agreed to meet at a local gun shop later that month to compromise before the officer added gun accessories to the negotiation.
During a phone conversation between the two, they reached another agreement, where Angelini would give the unnamed man oxycodone for cash and cocaine.
Angelini faces life imprisonment if convicted on all charges. His next court appearance is set for Thursday.