Friday, November 6, 2020
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
A former Baltimore police officer pleaded guilty Friday to lying to federal agents in a case related to the Gun Trace Task Force, prosecutors said.
Ivo Louvado, 47, of Bel Air joined the force in 1999 and was promoted to detective in 2008.
Louvado was one of a number of officers present for a cocaine trafficking bust in the 1400 block of Ellamont Street on Feb. 19, 2009. Louvado participated in a search of the suspect’s residence, taking photos of the items police seized, including a jacket hanging behind a door. The jacket had a large amount of cash in it.
Police found car keys with a remote alarm. Officers followed the alarm sound to a nearby pickup truck and found a large amount of cocaine under construction debris. A SWAT team escorted a surveillance van loaded with the cocaine to police headquarters. The van was driven by another member of Louvado’s squad, Keith Gladstone. In August, Gladstone admitted to lying to federal agents in a separate case also tied to Gun Trace Task Force members.
Forty-one kilograms of cocaine were turned into the police evidence unit and the suspect faced federal charges.
Louvado admitted that he, Gladstone and Victor Rivera (who has also pleaded guilty in connection with this case) later found 3 kilograms left behind in the surveillance van. They agreed that rather than turn the drugs in, they would sell it and split the proceeds. A confidential informant of Rivera’s who was a drug trafficker bought the cocaine and sold it in Baltimore. Louvado admitted he received $10,000 from the sale.
After the 2017 arrest of seven members of the Gun Trace Task Force, the FBI continued to investigate misconduct within the department. In a 2018 interview about the 2009 search, Louvado knowingly falsified, concealed and covered up information.
Louvado faces up to five years in federal prison.