Gun Trace Task Force Overview

By Jessica Anderson

Officers in the elite Gun Trace Task Force carried out a campaign of robbery and extortion stretching back at least three years and often targeting suspected drug dealers, prosecutors say. The officers allegedly pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars they discovered while searching the homes and cars of criminals and some innocent civilians, too.

The federal corruption case spread beyond the city as authorities arrested a Philadelphia officer and charged him with helping distribute drugs stolen by members of the Gun Trace Task Force.

These are the nine officers involved.

Convicted

Detective

Det. Daniel Hersl

Charged with two counts of racketeering conspiracy; racketeering aiding and abetting; racketeering; robbery; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Charges were filed on February 23, 2017. A superseding incitement was filed on June 22, 2017.

Hersl was found guilty on two counts of racketeering conspiracy, racketeering aiding and abetting, racketeering and robbery on February 12, 2018.

He was sentenced on June 22, 2018, to 18 years in prison.

Detective

Det. Marcus Taylor

Charged with two counts of racketeering conspiracy; racketeering aiding and abetting; racketeering; robbery; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence aiding and abetting.

Charges were filed on February 23, 2017. A superseding incitement was filed on June 22, 2017.

Taylor was found guilty on two counts of racketeering conspiracy; racketeering aiding and abetting, racketeering and robbery on February 12, 2018. Taylor has filed an appeal of his conviction.

He was sentenced on June 7, 2018, to 18 years in prison.

Pleaded guilty

Sergeant

Sgt. Thomas Allers

Charged with racketeering conspiracy, racketeering, robbery on August 24, 2017.

Pleaded guilty on December 6, 2017, to racketeering conspiracy.

He was sentenced on May 11, 2018, to 15 years in prison.

Sergeant

Sgt. Wayne Jenkins

Charged with two counts of racketeering conspiracy; racketeering, aiding and abetting; racketeering; two counts of robbery and aiding and abetting; and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Charges were filed on February 23, 2017. A superseding incitement was filed on June 22, 2017.

Jenkins was also charged with destruction, alteration or falsification of records in federal investigations; and deprivation of rights under color of law on November 30, 2017.

Jenkins pleaded guilty on January 5, 2018 to one count of racketeering, two counts of robbery, one count of destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in a federal investigation, and four counts of deprivation of rights under color of law.

He was sentenced on June 7, 2018, to 25 years in prison.

Detective

Det. Momodu Bondeva Kenton Gondo

Charged with racketeering conspiracy and racketeering aiding and abetting on February 23, 2017.

Charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin; and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin and cocaine on February 17, 2016.

He pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing heroin.

Gondo faces as much as 40 years in prison — the longest maximum penalty of the indicted officers.

His sentencing hasn’t been scheduled.

Detective

Det. Evodio Hendrix

Charged with racketeering conspiracy, racketeering aiding and abetting on February 23, 2017.

He pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy.

He was sentenced on June 8, 2018, to seven years in prison.

Detective

Det. Jemell Rayam

Charged with racketeering conspiracy, racketeering aiding and abetting on February 23, 2017.

He pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy.

Rayam faces up to 20 years in prison.

His sentencing hasn’t been scheduled.

Detective

Det. Maurice Ward

Charged with racketeering conspiracy, racketeering aiding and abetting on February 23, 2017.

He pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy.

He was sentenced on June 8, 2018, to seven years in prison.

Officer

Officer Eric Snell

Charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine on November 9, 2017.

Snell has been a Philadelphia officer for three years. He previously served as a Baltimore police officer, from July 2005 to March 2008.

Pleaded guilty mid-trial on Nov. 1, 2018.

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