Baltimore correctional officer, BGF inmate sentenced for smuggling drugs into prison

BALTIMORE - Déjà vu. Same prison. Same gang. More jail time. Sentencing for members of one of Baltimore's biggest gangs and a corrupt group of correctional officers continue to come from prosecutors. 

Another Baltimore City Detention Center correctional officer and a high-ranking member of the Black Guerrilla Family were sentenced to years in prison for smuggling drugs into the prison.

The two were also involved in a sexual relationship, according to a release from the U.S. States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland.

Correctional officer Taryn Kirkland, 23, was sentenced to 42 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for her role in aiding illegal gang activity inside the prison.

BGF inmate Steven Loney, 24, was sentenced to nine years in prison as one of the top gang members who orchestrated drug smuggling into the prison. Loney was a former cellmate of the gang's leader Tavon White, who pleaded guilty to leading a racketeering conspiracy in August.

 When White was relocated, Loney became the commander of one of two BGF regimes inside the prison. He answered only to White, the release states.

"Throughout 2011 to 2013, Loney often directed the smuggling of contraband into BCDC by BGF members and associates, especially through the services of correctional officers," the release states.  "Loney became involved in sexual relationships with correctional officers, including Kirkland. 

"Kirkland frequently smuggled contraband, including marijuana and prescription pills, into BCDC on behalf of Loney," the release continued. "Kirkland also helped other correctional officers, such as Jennifer Owens, smuggle drugs into BCDC for other BGF inmates such as Tavon White."

White is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 20, 2014 at 10 a.m.

From the release:

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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