I-Team learns more about BPD officer, drug addiction in court

Baltimore police officer Steven Angelini remains in federal custody Thursday night. Angelini is accused of selling oxycodone and a ghost gun, along with trying to provide sensitive law enforcement information about a homicide to a co-conspirator. The 11 News I-Team learned more about Angelini, 41, his career as a Baltimore police officer and his drug addiction. Family members of Angelini had no comment after a judge ruled against releasing him. On Wednesday, a relative who wanted to remain anonymous, told 11 News: “He is a good cop. He’s not a bad guy. There is a human aspect to every story, and this is no different. It’s a human story. And that he “suffered a line of duty injury in July 2019.”In court, the I-Team learned more about that injury, a grand jury indictment and why a judge believes clear and convincing evidence exists that Angelini is a danger to public safety. The criminal complaints Angelini of selling oxycodone and a ghost gun, also trying to provide a video and investigation details about a murder to a co-conspirator — a member of the Infamous Ryders Motorcycle Club. Prosecutor Christine Goo outlined the government’s case.”Here we have a police officer who is trading a gun in exchange for cocaine,” Goo said.Angelini’s defense attorney argued for supervised release and home monitoring. She described his actions: “This is consistent with addiction and drug-seeking behavior. He suffers from a number of medical and mental health issues. His life took a very, very unfortunate turn for the worse after his injury.”The defense said what Angelini is accused of doing is very different from the actions and court cases of the officers who were involved in the now defunct Gun Trace Task Force, but prosecutors called Angelini’s conduct far worse. Assistant US Attorney Leo Wise argued: “He armed a violent motorcycle gang with an untraceable gun.” And he was “…motivated by an addiction that remains out of control.”The judge was troubled by Angelini’s own words, including a text message, offering the ghost gun in exchange for money and cocaine. I built and it’s 9mm AR 10 inch with colt magazine. Ghost diamond sites with night sights. Let me know if u interested for a good deal.” He also offered hollow point bullets. The judge said, “If it were just drugs and no gun, I would grant the defense request. Providing a gun to a violent gang to retaliate boggles the mind.”Angelini was medically suspended and on administrative duty. Police now said he is suspended without pay.

Baltimore police officer Steven Angelini remains in federal custody Thursday night.

Angelini is accused of selling oxycodone and a ghost gun, along with trying to provide sensitive law enforcement information about a homicide to a co-conspirator.

The 11 News I-Team learned more about Angelini, 41, his career as a Baltimore police officer and his drug addiction.

Family members of Angelini had no comment after a judge ruled against releasing him.

On Wednesday, a relative who wanted to remain anonymous, told 11 News: “He is a good cop. He’s not a bad guy. There is a human aspect to every story, and this is no different. It’s a human story. And that he “suffered a line of duty injury in July 2019.”

In court, the I-Team learned more about that injury, a grand jury indictment and why a judge believes clear and convincing evidence exists that Angelini is a danger to public safety.

The criminal complaints accused Angelini of selling oxycodone and a ghost gun, also trying to provide a video and investigation details about a murder to a co-conspirator — a member of the Infamous Ryders Motorcycle Club.

Prosecutor Christine Goo outlined the government’s case.

“Here we have a police officer who is trading a gun in exchange for cocaine,” Goo said.

Angelini’s defense attorney argued for supervised release and home monitoring. She described his actions: “This is consistent with addiction and drug-seeking behavior. He suffers from a number of medical and mental health issues. His life took a very, very unfortunate turn for the worse after his injury.”

The defense said what Angelini is accused of doing is very different from the actions and court cases of the officers who were involved in the now defunct Gun Trace Task Force, but prosecutors called Angelini’s conduct far worse.

Assistant US Attorney Leo Wise argued: “He armed a violent motorcycle gang with an untraceable gun.” And he was “…motivated by an addiction that remains out of control.”

The judge was troubled by Angelini’s own words, including a text message, offering the ghost gun in exchange for money and cocaine.

The text reads: “But anyway selling this AR ghost for a good deal if you’re interested. I built and it’s 9mm AR 10 inch with colt magazine. Ghost diamond sites with night sights. Let me know if u interested for a good deal.” He also offered hollow point bullets.

The judge said, “If it were just drugs and no gun, I would grant the defense request. Providing a gun to a violent gang to retaliate boggles the mind.”

Angelini was medically suspended and on administrative duty. Police now said he is suspended without pay.

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