Families made in jail?

Gang members, officers charged

BALTIMORE - Twenty-five Black Guerilla Family (BGF) gang members and associates, including 13 corrections officers were indicted today on federal racketeering, drug and money laundering charges that originated inside the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) and related facilities.

The ten men and 15 women charged in the indictment are alleged to be members or associates of the BGF, a gang active in prisons throughout the United States and a dominant gang at the Baltimore City Detention Center, and in several connected facilities, especially the Baltimore Central Booking Intake Center, the Women's Detention Center, and in the Jail Industries Building.

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The indictment alleges that since at least 2009, BGF members and associates in BCDC and related prison facilities engaged in criminal activities, including drug trafficking; robbery; assault; extortion; bribery; witness retaliation; money laundering; and obstruction of justice.

BGF members and associates allegedly bribed correctional officers at BCDC and other prison facilities to smuggle drugs, cell phones and other contraband.  Correctional officers arranged favored treatment and privileges for imprisoned gang members, and officers thwarted law enforcement efforts against BGF inmates.  BGF members and associates allegedly had long-term sexual relationships with several correctional officers and impregnated them.

"Correctional officers were in bed with BGF inmates, in violation of the first principle of prison management," said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. "Preventing prison corruption requires intensive screening at prison entrances and punishment for employees who consort with inmates or bring cell phones and drugs into correctional facilities." 

According to the indictment,  Tavon White, a prominent gang leader in the BCDC issued orders to fellow inmates. On January, 5, 2013, White explained in a  phone call: This is my jail.  You understand that?  I'm dead serious....   I make every final call in this jail, ... and nothing go past me, everything come to me...."

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He continued, " Before a mother-f----- stab somebody, they gotta run it through me....  Anything that get done must go through me. "

White also allegedly had long-term sexual relationships inside BCDC with four correctional officers, impregnating each of the  four officers at least once.  All four officers allegedly help smuggle contraband into BCDC and related facilities.       

The indictment arose from the efforts of the Maryland Prison Task Force, a group of local, state and federal stakeholders that met regularly for more than two years and generated recommendations to reform prison procedures.

"Today's multi-jurisdictional takedown of suspected BGF gang members and orchestrators who infiltrated the criminal justice system is another example of the Baltimore Police Department's relentless focus on targeting the malignant gang organizations that plague our communities," said Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. 



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