Former correctional officer sentenced in BGF jail corruption case

BALTIMORE - A former correctional officer was sentenced Wednesday to 42 months in prison for her role in smuggling drugs for members of the Black Guerilla Family gang inside the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Adrena Rice, 25, will also be placed on two years of supervised release for racketeering conspiracy arising from the charges. According to her plea, Rice frequently smuggled contraband, including marijuana and prescription pills, into the prison on behalf of BGF leader and inmate, Tavon White. 

Rice also helped other correctional officers, smuggle drugs into detention center.

Eight other correctional officers have pleaded guilty to the racketeering enterprise and await sentencing. Seven other co-defendants have also pleaded guilty, including White.

The case arose from the efforts of the Maryland Prison Task Force, a group of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors that met regularly for more than two years and generated recommendations to reform prison procedures. The investigation is continuing.

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