Fourteen more correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center have been indicted on corruption charges, shedding more light on the relationship between the infamous Black Guerrilla Family and the officers in the jail.
The indictments were unsealed on Thursday.
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Prosecutors do not say the gang has continued its reign following the initial bust, but they say wiretaps and witness interviews have revealed just how much power the BGF accumulated.
As many as three-quarters of the approximately 650 officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center were involved in contraband smuggling, witnesses said in court documents, contradicting assertions by corrections department officials that the “overwhelming majority” of staff members at the jail were clean.
Some state lawmakers said Thursday that the latest allegations call into question whether state officials are moving fast enough to review possible gang ties among officers still working at the jail.
The allegations unsealed in April — packed with lurid details of sex behind bars and brazen boasts by gang leader Tavon White that he controlled the jail — set off widespread criticism of Gov. Martin O’Malley and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
Twenty-five defendants, 13 of them corrections officers, were charged in that indictment. Sixteen of them, including White, have pleaded guilty to racketeering.
Eight of the 14 officers have already left the department; the other 6 have been suspended.
Some of the more blatant offenders include Officer Milshenna Peoples, who was captured on surveillance footage being fondled by an inmate. Sergeant Michelle Ricks was caught “singing a song of allegiance” to BGF.
“Court documents allege the BGF members recruited correctional officers through personal and often sexual relationships, as well as bribes, and that some officers traded sex for money,” the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a statement.
As previously reported by NewsOne, Tavon White, the leader of the Black Guerrilla Family who impregnated four guards inside of the Baltimore City Detention Center, pleaded guilty to federal racketeering conspiracy charges in August.