5 including another correctional officer plead guilty to helping Black Guerrilla Family gang
6:36 PM, Nov 8, 2013
6:41 PM, Nov 8, 2013
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.
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:
Kimberly Dennis, age 26, of Baltimore, Maryland
Jasmin Jones, a/k/a/ J.J., age 24, of Baltimore
Taryn Kirkland, age 23, of Baltimore
Jennifer Owens, a/k/a/ O and J.O., age 31, of Randallstown
Adrena Rice, age 25, of Baltimore
Katera Stevenson, a/k/a KK, age 24, of Baltimore
Jasmine Thornton, a/k/a J.T., age 26, of Glen Burnie
Katrina Laprade, a/k/a Katrina Lyons, age 31
"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."