More than a dozen Maryland state prison guards helped a dangerous national gang operate a drug-trafficking and money-laundering scheme from behind bars that involved cash payments, sex and access to fancy cars, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
Thirteen female corrections officers essentially handed over control of a Baltimore jail to gang leaders, prosecutors said. The officers were charged Tuesday in a federal racketeering indictment.
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. One gang leader allegedly used proceeds to buy luxury cars, including a Mercedes-Benz and a BMW, which he allowed some of the officers to drive.
Antonia Allison, 27, of Baltimore
Ebonee Braswell, 26, of Baltimore
Chania Brooks, 27, of Baltimore
Kimberly Dennis, 26, of Baltimore
Jasmin Jones, aka J.J., 24, of Baltimore
Taryn Kirkland, 23, of Baltimore
Katrina LaPrade, aka Katrina Lyons, 31, of Baltimore
Tiffany Linder, 27, of Baltimore
Vivian Matthews, 25, of Essex
Jennifer Owens, aka O and J.O., 31, of Randallstown
Adrena Rice, 25, of Baltimore
Katera Stevenson, aka KK, 24, of Baltimore
Jasmine Thornton, aka J.T., 26, of Glen Burnie