The court records read like a scene out of Goodfellas, says the Baltimore Sun. From their prison cells and with the help of Maryland corrections staff, authorities say, members of a violent gang feasted on salmon and shrimp, sipping Grey Goose vodka and puffing fine cigars – all while directing drug deals, extorting protection money from other inmates, and arranging attacks on witnesses and rival gang members.
A seven-month investigation that included wiretaps on contraband prison cell phones led to the indictment of 24 people on drug and weapons charges. They included four state prison officers who authorities believe are leaders or associates of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang. A search warrant outlines how gang members were able to obtain heroin, direct hits on enemies through so-called “Death Angels,” and conduct cell phone conference calls to arrange business with inmates around the state. “It’s not enough just to catch the bad guys and get them convicted and sent to prison,” said Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein. “We need to make sure that while they’re in prison, they’re isolated and not able to carry on and continue their gang activities.”