BALTIMORE - Five more individuals including a Baltimore City correctional officer have pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracies linked to the Black Guerrilla Family, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.
Police arrested and indicted 48 members of the infamous Baltimore gang Thursday . Authorities set a goal of ending the regime following an investigation that revealed a system of corruption inside the Baltimore City Detention Center that involved inmates and correctional officers that supported the criminal enterprise.
Among the indicted correctional officers is 31-year-old Katrina Laprade. Laprade pleaded guilty Friday to smuggling marijuana and tobacco into the prison for one of the "Family's" leaders, Stephen Loney.
Kenneth Parham, a 23-year-old inmate, and Tyrone Thompson, a 36-year-old accused supplier, also pleaded guilty Friday. Officials say Parham directed the flow of smuggling, which included contraband-like drugs, cell phones and tobacco, into the detention center. Thompson is believed to have smuggled pills for his co-defendants to distribute within the jail.
Jermaine McFadden, 23, and Teshawn Pinder, 24, pleaded guilty to racketeering charges on Nov. 5 and Nov. 4, respectively.
Like Parham, McFadden facilitated the drug operation from the inside, conspiring with correctional officers to distribute Percocet pills, marijuana and tobacco to other inmates. Pinder acted as an outside facilitator, paying for drugs and acting as a drug mule between distributors and dealers inside the prison.
"The defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the racketeering conspiracy," the release states. "U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander scheduled sentencing for Parham, Pinder and Thompson on February 6, 2014, and scheduled sentencing for Laprade and McFadden on March 12, 2014."
Eight correctional officers—all women—have pleaded guilty to helping the Black Guerrilla Family gang:
"The investigation was a result of the efforts of the Maryland Prison Task Force, formed in 2011 with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and prosecutors," the release states. "The Task Force has met regularly for more than two years and generated recommendations to reform prison procedures. The investigation is continuing."