Maryland corrections officers indicted, prison drug ring

FBI officials say Maryland prisons, particularly in the Baltimore area, allowed inmates to carry on illegal operations (Photo: MD Department of Public Safety)

Thirteen corrections officers in Maryland have been indicted for allegedly aiding prison inmates at a state correctional facility operate a drug and money-laundering ring.

This from the Washington Post:

The indictment described a jailhouse seemingly out of control. Four corrections officers became pregnant by one inmate. Two of them got tattoos of the inmate’s first name, Tavon — one on her neck, the other on a wrist.

The guards allegedly helped leaders of the Black Guerilla Family run their criminal enterprise in jail by smuggling cellphones, prescription pills and other contraband in their underwear, shoes and hair.

State officials in Maryland say they’ve tried to crack down on gang activities behind bars.  “During the last five years, the department has focused its efforts on identifying and reducing gang activity behind prison walls,” they said in a statement.

“After a spate of violence in 2006, the department shut down the House of Correction and led a wide-reaching gang and intelligence-sharing initiative.”

But according to the FBI, inmates “took over the asylum” at jails in Maryland.  Read the full Washington Post article here.

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