Jail officer enters plea in smuggling case connected to BGF gang leader Tavon White

A 31-year-old Randallstown woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to racketeering charges connected to Black Guerilla Family (BGF) leader Tavon White.

Jennifer Owens, a correctional officer at the Baltimore City Detention Center smuggled drugs and other contraband for White and other members of the gang in several correctional facilities.

Owens worked at the BCDC from 2007 to 2013, and in addition to admitting she smuggled drugs and contraband, she admitted to a personal and sexual relationship with White. She said she has two children for which White is the father.

Percocet pills, suboxone strips, marijuana and tobacco were smuggled by Owens into the BCDC several times each week. Outside the facility, Owens frequently obtained contraband from other correctional officers and was paid either by transfers of funds onto Green Dot cards or by cash. 

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Owens faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the racketeering conspiracy.  U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander scheduled sentencing for January 24, 2014.

Tavon White is the man investigators say ran the "dominant" Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) gang from within the jail.

White, 36, of Baltimore told investigators he has been a member of the BGF since 2000. He was in pretrial custody from 2009 to 2013 and it was while he was in custody that he says he was promoted in the gang from lieutenant commander to commander in 2011.

White pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges last week .

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