Seven Baltimore Police Officers were arrested and indicted on various racketeering charges on March 1 in what is being called “a major conspiracy.”

The announcement was made via a press conference from the U.S. Attorneys Office from downtown Baltimore.

These undated photos provided by the Baltimore Police Department show, from left, Daniel Hersl, Evodio Hendrix, Jemell Rayam, Marcus Taylor, Maurice Ward, Momodu Gando and Wayne Jenkins, the seven police officers who are facing charges of robbery, extortion and overtime fraud, and are accused of stealing money and drugs from victims, some of whom had not committed crimes. (Baltimore Police Department via AP)

These undated photos provided by the Baltimore Police Department show, from left, Daniel Hersl, Evodio Hendrix, Jemell Rayam, Marcus Taylor, Maurice Ward, Momodu Gando and Wayne Jenkins, the seven police officers who are facing charges of robbery, extortion and overtime fraud, and are accused of stealing money and drugs from victims, some of whom had not committed crimes. (Baltimore Police Department via AP)

This is the largest corruption investigation in years involving Baltimore City police officers. Commissioner Kevin Davis called it “disgusting” and a betrayal of trust. He called the men “1930s-style gangsters.”

“These police officers will never, ever, ever again commit the heinous acts that they have been alleged to commit in our community,” Davis said.

The officers were, one by one, seeing judges Wednesday afternoon and being temporarily detained before formal detention hearings set for March 2. Each officer faces 20 years behind bars if convicted.

Charges for the officers include robbery (pulling people over at traffic stops and stealing money and property from them-for no reason), stealing overtime and ripping off the state of about $500,000.

One officer went on a vacation to Myrtle Beach and charged overtime to the city almost the entire week, the charging documents stated. Another charged overtime while playing poker at the Maryland Live! Casino.

Other charges include, submitting false official incident and arrest reports, reports of property seized from those arrested, and charging documents that hid the fact that they had stolen money, property, and drugs.

One of the officers is also charged in a separate drug distribution indictment in an illegal drug operation and tipping its members off to investigations.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, who’s about to become the #2 at the Department of Justice, broke down the allegations at a mid morning press conference.

“I think what’s particular significant about the allegations in this indictment, is that these defendants allegedly were involved in stopping and arresting, I should say stopping, they were involved in stopping, people who had not committed crimes, and seizing their money,” he said. “Not only seizing their money, but pocketing it. So these are really, simply, robberies by people who are wearing police uniforms.”

Rosenstein said the Department had begun looking into officers about a year ago. Later FBI got involved installing electronic surveillance, including one in an officer’s patrol car.

The alleged theft and fraud that the officers are accused of happened at the same time the Department of Justice was investigating the police department, finding several civil rights abuses and corruption.

Fraternal Order of Police president Gene S Ryan said in a statement, “We are very disturbed over the charges filed against our members by the U.S. Attorney today. These officers are entitled to due process and a fair trial in accordance with the Constitution and the laws of our state.”

The officers have been identified as:

– Detective Momodu Bondeva Kenton Gondo, 34, of Owings Mills (also charged in drug-dealing conspiracy) (joined BPD November 2005)

– Detective Evodio Calles Hendrix, 32, of Randallstown (joined BPD April 2009)

– Detective Daniel Thomas Hersl, 47, of Joppa (joined BPD September 1999)

– Sergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins, 36, of Middle River (joined BPD June 2016)

– Detective Jemell Lamar Rayam, 36, of Owings Mills (joined BPD July 2005)

– Detective Marcus Roosevelt Taylor, 30, of Glen Burnie (joined BPD May 2009)

– Detective Maurice Kilpatrick Ward, 36, of Middle River (joined BPD October 2003)

At least 5 high profile federal gun cases have been dropped because the officers tainted them in some way, and more may be coming.

According to BCP Spokesman T.J. Smith, all officers have been suspended without pay.

Each officer appeared in court in plain clothes and handcuffs as various family members were there for emotional support.

Family members declined to speak to comment.