BALTIMORE - One Baltimore correctional officer was sentenced while another pleaded guilty in federal court in connection to the Baltimore City Detention Center gangs scandal.
Katrina Laprade, 32, was sentenced in federal court to 30 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release for participating in a racketeering conspiracy arising from the smuggling of drugs and contraband inside the Baltimore City Detention Center.
Another correctional officer, Tanierdra Finch, 26, of Baltimore, and inmate Frederick Morrison, 29, pleaded guilty yesterday to the conspiracy.
This case was developed as 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
According to court documents, the Black Guerilla Family (BGF) has been the dominant gang at the correctional center, and in several connected facilities, including the Baltimore Central Booking Intake Center, the Women's Detention Center, which houses many men, and in the Jail Industries Building.
Laprade and Finch, correctional officers at BCDC, admitted that in 2012 and 2013, they helped smuggle contraband into the jail. Laprade smuggled in marijuana and tobacco on behalf of Stephen Loney, a leader of the BGF.
Finch admitted that she smuggled drugs such as Percocet into jail for distribution by BGF inmates such as Tavon White and Jamar Anderson. Finch also had sexual relations with some BGF members, including Anderson.
Morrison was a BGF member and in pretrial custody at the correction center from 2012 to 2013. He was involved with and often directed the smuggling of cell phones, tobacco, marijuana and drugs into the corrections center through other correctional officers who received payments, gifts or a share of the profits. Morrison had sexual relations with at least one of the correctional officers involved with contraband trafficking. He also helped conceal from prison officials contraband smuggled into the jail.
As part of his plea agreement, Morrison and the government have agreed that if the court accepts the plea agreement, Morrison will be sentenced to five years in prison consecutive to any state prison sentence he is serving. Finch faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the racketeering conspiracy. Judge Hollander scheduled sentencing for Morrison on August 27, 2014 and for Finch on August 8, 2014.
Thirteen correctional officers have pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy.