There’s a saying that goes something like, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Well, I suppose being a corrections officer with a vagina in a city jail full of men can make one quite powerful. I would’ve never saw it that way before reading the following story out of Baltimore. But, considering the city and its allure of being the grimiest city in the country thanks to HBO’s hit The Wire. It’s easy to shake one’s head and keep it moving with the realization that the setting of this story is indeed Baltimore, Maryland. That said, it’s not hard for me to understand how corrections officers can get involved with a criminal enterprise from a county jail. But, for four of them to be pregnant by the same man who happens to be the ringleader of said criminal enterprise? Yep, you read it right: A Baltimore City Jail inmate impregnated four corrections officers.
This is totally unacceptable:
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND —A brazen scheme to smuggle drugs and cell phones into Baltimore jails. More than two dozen people face federal charges, including corrections officers—some of whom got pregnant by the same inmate.
[…] It’s a jailhouse soap opera involving drugs, sex and money between corrections officers and inmates. The operation was brought down by tapped cell phones.
Twenty-five people now face federal charges after being part of one of the largest gang-operated criminal enterprises seen at the Baltimore City Detention Center.
“These 25 defendants participated in running the activities of the Black Guerilla Family from behind bars in Baltimore City,” said Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney.
Thirteen female correction officers, seven inmates and five alleged co-conspirators are charged with racketeering, money laundering and possession with the intent to distribute. Officials say all 13 have been suspended without pay and the department is moving to fire them.The affidavit says the corrections officers helped members of the notorious Black Guerilla Family gang smuggle cell phones, marijuana, prescription pills and cigarettes into the jail to sell to other inmates and make thousands of dollars.
[…] Corrections officers hid the contraband in their shoes. Unlike other facilities in Maryland, Baltimore City does not require employees to remove their shoes when going through screening.
“We are committed to ensuring that this activity does not happen again,” said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein.
The ring leader of it all, according to the indictment, is Tavon White, a four-year inmate charged with attempted murder.
He reportedly made $16,000 in one month off the smuggled contraband.
Four corrections officers–Jennifer Owens, Katera Stevenson, Chania Brooks and Tiffany Linder, who are also facing charges–allegedly became impregnated by White since he’s been in jail.
Charging documents reveal Owens had “Tavon” tattooed on her neck and Stevenson had “Tavon” tattooed on her wrist.
The indictment seeks the forfeiture of $500,000 and other proceeds of the enterprise, including luxury automobiles.
White allegedly gave Owens a diamond ring and luxury cars to Owens, Stevenson and Brooks.
[…] As a result of the investigation, Maynard says policy and security changes are forthcoming.
The BGF has been a dominating gang in Maryland detention facilities since 2006. (source)
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