A cabal of corrupt corrections officers and members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang enjoyed nearly free rein inside the Baltimore City Detention Center, federal authorities allege, smuggling drugs and cellphones into the jail and having sexual relationships that left four guards pregnant, reports the Baltimore Sun. An indictment names 25 people — including 13 women working as corrections officers — who face racketeering and drug charges. Twenty of the accused also face money-laundering charges.
It alleges that Tavon White, an inmate known as “Bulldog,” took control of the prison gang soon after his arrival in 2009 on an attempted-murder charge. He is accused of building a network of corruption inside the jail that enabled a smuggling operation and allowed White to manage gang activity on the city streets. “This is my jail,” White said on an intercepted phone call “I’m dead serious. [ ]I make every final call in this jail.” Gang leaders allegedly relied on guards and inmates to grow their operation at the city jail. White had informal agreements with jail officials who asked him to maintain order in exchange for their turning “a blind eye” to some of his activities. White said he made as much as $15,800 in a single month selling contraband in jail, and gang members boasted they could turn $1,000 in profit on an ounce of marijuana.