Baltimore Cop Is Key Figure in Outlaw Biker Gang’s Countywide Drug Trafficking Operation, Feds Say

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BALTIMORE, MD – Police in Baltimore are working to dismantle an outlaw biker gang’s drug trade inside the city and surrounding communities.

On Wednesday, the Baltimore County Police Department’s Vice Narcotics Section concluded a long-term investigation into the leader of a violent outlaw motorcycle gang operating in the Baltimore Metropolitan Region.

“The target of the investigation trafficked cocaine and prescription pills. While detectives were monitoring the target’s activities, they uncovered information in reference to a triple homicide that occurred in Fayetteville, North Carolina, between the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang and rival gang members,” police said. “Detectives uncovered information about an unrelated stabbing, as well as contraband smuggled into a correctional facility.”

One of the biker gang members was a Baltimore police officer.

A criminal complaint was filed against Steven Umberto Angelini, age 41, of Middle River, Maryland, on charges related to a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and oxycodone in the Baltimore area.  

Angelini has been a member of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) since May 2006.  He was assigned to the Administrative Duties Division in 2022 and was suspended without pay today. 

At the conclusion of the investigation, thirteen arrests were made, nineteen search and seizure warrants were served, twenty firearms were seized, and a substantial amount of currency and narcotics were recovered. Homeland Security Investigations assisted in the operation. This investigation was funded in part by the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network, a collaboration of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

Federal attorneys alleged Angelini twice offered to exchange information on the supplier’s homicide for narcotics.  Co-Conspirator 1 asked Angelini to obtain sensitive information pertaining to the homicide.  The next day, Angelini allegedly sent a co-conspirator law enforcement information related to the investigation of the supplier’s murder. 

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“As detailed in the affidavit, over the next several days, Angelini continued to update Co-Conspirator 1 on the investigation and to purchase narcotics.  According to the affidavit, Angelini told the Co-Conspirator that he had obtained the information requested by the Co-Conspirator, but despite several attempts, was not successful in transferring the additional law enforcement information,” the DOJ reported.

According to a federal affidavit filed in court, “From at least January 2022, Angelini has conspired with members of the Infamous Ryders Motorcycle Club, including Co-Conspirator 1, who is the President of the Club in Maryland, to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and oxycodone.  Specifically, the affidavit alleges that on January 6, 2022, Angelini reached out to Co-Conspirator 1 by text message and offered to sell him oxycodone pills.  According to the affidavit, during the exchange, Angelini mentioned that he was trying to get cocaine and stated that his former supplier, a drug dealer working for Co-Conspirator 1, had been murdered.  As detailed in the affidavit, the two ultimately agreed that Co-Conspirator 1 would provide Angelini with $100 and cocaine in exchange for the oxycodone. “