13 Corrections Officers Indicted in Md., Accused of Aiding Gang’s Drug Scheme

Anne E. Marimow and John Wagner, Washington Post, April 23, 2013

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.

“The inmates literally took over ‘the asylum,’ and the detention centers became safe havens for BGF,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt, using shorthand for the prison gang’s name.

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At the center of the investigation was an alleged leader of the Black Guerilla Family, Tavon White, who prosecutors said fathered five children with four of the corrections officers—Jennifer Owens, 31, of Randallstown; Katera Stevenson, 24, of Baltimore; Chania Brooks, 27, of Baltimore; and Tiffany Linder, 27, of Baltimore—since his incarceration on attempted murder charges in 2009.

In one wiretapped cellphone call in January, White, 36, of Baltimore, told an acquaintance: “This is my jail. You understand that? I’m dead serious. I make every final call in this jail.”

The prison guards were among 25 defendants, including inmates and outside suppliers, charged with racketeering and drug conspiracy. Twenty of the defendants are also charged in a money-laundering conspiracy. {snip}

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In one instance, prosecutors described Officer Jasmin Jones allegedly standing guard outside a closet while Officer Kimberly Dennis had sex with inmate Derius Duncan.

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Corrections officers also allegedly warned inmates about impending searches of cells, according to prosecutors. In January, White spread the word to other inmates in a cellphone call recorded by law enforcement: “I just got a message saying that they was going to pull a shakedown tonight. Let me call all these dudes in my phone and let them know.”

In prison, prosecutors said, White bragged about earning $16,000 during a slow month. Percocet pills that cost $10 outside the prison walls, for instance, went for three times as much behind bars. One-gram bags of marijuana sold for $50, a profit of about $1,000 per ounce, according to court documents.

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  • jambi19

    This is an isolated incident. There is not enough evidence to assume problems like these are common in the diverse and vibrant black community of Baltimore.

    • roger

      if you’re not being sarcastic then you are dead wrong!

      black go with corruption like ducks to water……….
      show me one company, country, city, anything run by blacks for any length of time that isn’t as corrupt as possible

  • Puggg

    Black women jail guards. And they wonder why there was such a close relationship between the guards and the inmates that it was hard to tell the difference between the two.

    • 48224

      What….no white prison guards were gotten pregnant by Tavon? I’m shocked….really, I am.

      • RisingReich

        I as well am a bit surprised. Happily surprised, but surprised nonetheless.

      • MBlanc46

        One of them was a Tiffany. She’s perhaps white.

  • bigone4u

    Three squares, drugs, a bed, and conjugal rights. This is punishment? The prisoners are doing better than me except for the fact that I don’t do drugs and I wouldn’t touch a black woman with the proverbial ten foot pole.

  • capnmorgan5150

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought they used male guards for male prisons and female guards for female prisons to avoid this sort of thing.

    • The__Bobster
      • capnmorgan5150

        Fair enough, I stand corrected. But maybe they should institute that policy in light of this incident.

        • Lady of the Snows

          You’d think their own common sense would’ve dictated that.

    • perry

      i was i baltimore jail for 4 months there is not one white male guard there is 1 out of 50 white female guards and about 60 percent guards are black female 40 percent black male mostly african men and some arab/muslim men. for a jail that is about 92 -96 percent black inmates i was treated pretty good for being a white boy. might be because i weigh 275 pounds and lift weights all the time but im not sure. i did have a fun time though. regardless of this article it is a well run jail both health wise and security wise. they put me mostly in dorms of about 100 blacks with maybe 10 whites truthfully i had a hell of a time playing cards exercising its like a huge party every night loud as a disco. a few of the officer ie lieutenant, guards are white and brass are some white guys. bgf is a prison gang ie you must be in jail or pen to join and its all black. i think its blood in blood out too. i was treated fair by guards and prisoners.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        The last time I went in – over a mistake the local DA made – the guys said I looked like a CIA agent. Yes, I beat the case.

    • dukem1

      They did…past tense.

    • MBlanc46

      No. I don’t have personal knowledge of corrections in the entire country, but in the cases in which I do, both male and female officers work in both types of prison. It would probably be sex discrimination to have it otherwise.

  • Secret Tribunal

    Numbers matter. Diversity wins. We’ll never make enough White babies to solve our problems.

    • RisingReich

      Don’t be so defeatist, Jed. Not in your nature as I recall.
      The realist in me also says you’d be nuts to be overly optimistic, however.

      • Bad_Mr_Frosty

        Jed lost his mind when Obama (supposedly) got re-elected.

        Quality over quantity, non-Whites of every color are currently in a population bubble. Only White countries produce food surpluses. If we stop feeding them, they will return to their much lower sustainable population levels. It’s coming, be smart, plant a garden.

  • 48224

    These punks are so lucky i’m not king of the world. I’d bring their party to a skreetching hault. Busting rocks 14 hours per day would leave little time or energy for drug dealing or screwing.

    • JohnEngelman

      The only way to get any value out of those people is with prison labor, enforced by the whip.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        I worked pretty hard in federal prison. I worked as a machinist and riveter in the shop, I worked 4:00 AM to noon in the kitchen after that, and finally as a groundskeeper. In my spare time, I ran a study group for guys finishing their GEDs .
        When I returned home, my house had been trashed by a trusted friend who worked as a TSA passenger security agent. I felt as if I was Samwise Gamgee, who returned home after all he had been through, only to find the Shire had been scourged.

      • I agree. Apply that to asian inmates and I am sold.

        • JohnEngelman

          High arrest and incarceration rates for blacks and Hispanics—and very
          low rates for Asians—reflect differences in crime rates, not police or justice system bias…

          What is perhaps most striking about these data is the remarkable contrast between black and Asian rates in all crime categories. In total, blacks had the highest incarceration rate at 7.2 times the white rate, followed by Hispanics, at 2.9 times the white rate. Indians and Pacific Islanders were imprisoned at about twice the white rate, and Asians at only 22 percent of the white rate…

          incarceration rates for Pacific Islanders (most are Hawaiians) are almost always higher than those for whites, while Asian rates are always lower…

          Asians are much less likely to commit crimes than whites…

          Blacks are considerably more likely than any other group to commit crimes of virtually all kinds, while Asians are least likely…

          Whites and Hispanics have intermediate crime rates…

          Blacks are about eight times more likely than whites to commit murder, and 25 times more likely than Asians to do so. Blacks are 15 times more likely than whites to go to prison for robbery, and 50 times more likely than Asians.

          – Jared Taylor, from “The Color of Crime”
          http://www.colorofcrime.com/colorofcrime2005.pdf

          • Jefferson

            Daly City, California is 55 percent Asian and their per capita murder rate is lower than the U.S national average.

            http://www.city-data.com/city/Daly-City-California.html

            Last year Daly City only had 1 homicide. Not bad at all for a city that has a population of over 100,000 thousand people.

            I guarantee there is not a single predominantly Black or Mestizo city in America with a population of over 100,000 thousand people, with a murder rate that low.

            No wonder Asians are the only Nonwhite group in America that gets the Model Minority label.

          • JohnEngelman

            During the 1960s, Chinatown was the part of San Francisco with the most unemployment and poverty, the highest rate of tuberculosis, the least education, and the most substandard housing. Nevertheless, in 1965, only five people of Chinese ancestry went to jail in the whole state of California.

            – Jared Taylor, from “Paved with Good Intentions”
            http://lesenfantsdelazonegrise.hautetfort.com/media/00/02/1497255978.pdf

            Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery. When blacks commit crimes of violence, they are nearly three times more likely than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice as likely to use a knife. Hispanics commit violent crimes at roughly three times the white rate, and Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter the white rate. The single best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percentage of the population that is black and Hispanic.

            – Jared Taylor, from “The Color of Crime”
            http://www.colorofcrime.com/colorofcrime2005.html

          • JohnEngelman

            No wonder Asians are the only Nonwhite group in America that gets the Model Minority label.

            – Jefferson

            Orientals earn their reputation as “the ideal minority.” They are a splendid race.

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  • brengunn

    Two of them got tattoos of the inmate’s first name, Tavon—one on her neck, the other on a wrist.

    One of these days I will cease to be shocked by their stupidity, but that day hasn’t arrived yet. Honestly, I’m flabbergasted.

    • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

      These women are black and got tattoos that can be read? Something is a little funny here.

    • dukem1

      What the heck is it with Blacks and tats…I mean, you can hardly make them out…just a bunch of smudges…someone should invent white ink for them…like in the little rascals when Stymie and Farina would get a vanilla ice cream cone.
      As I’ve been saying about so much of everything these days, it takes a special kind of stupid.

      • gemjunior

        I think the same thing everytime I see them playing basketball on the TV (my family are big bball people) and there’s no way to see what kind of message or writing is on them. They look even more disgusting with a bunch of smudge on them. They’d be better off getting scrimshaw on themselves because regulara tattoo ink looks ridiculous.

  • Jenkem Huffington

    Well I for one am shocked. I watch a lot of TV and movies in which the blacks are always in positions of authority and nothing like this ever happens.

    • gemjunior

      Nothing like this ever happens to black people in the bizarro world of TV and movies. Like Samuel L. Jackson who always plays a good guy in A Time to Kill, Jurassic Park etc. I would bet money that if he wasn’t in the job he’s in – he would be a Class A Thug himself.

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    • NeanderthalDNA

      Jenkem Huffington…heehee…

  • brengunn

    Where are all the male prison guards in this story? It sounds like tales from a harem.

    Not to question the strength of female character, but I imagine women are more easily lead in these situations, especially black females as they are more likely to respond to the black thugs on the inside.

    • Puggg

      Disclaimer: I’m in roughly the same line of work, though my workplace affords me a far easier and far more hassle free work environment than the Baltimore City Jail.

      Why no men prison guards at Baltimore City Jail? I’m sure they would prefer men, but that being Baltimore, hiring (black) men is mostly legally off limits because so many black men in Baltimore have felony convictions. Black women have far fewer felony convictions as a matter of rate. And hiring whites is out of the question.

      • gemjunior

        I heard that the black inmates routinely pull off their pants or open their fly, to deliberately expose themselves and even masturbate publicly in front of female officers, or rather I read it somewhere. They are almost inhuman.

        • ZB

          Only almost? You’re very generous.

        • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

          I think that’s an old practice because it was featured as part of the set up to the story in the film “The Silence of the Lambs.” But of course it was a white sicko, played by Anthony Hopkins who did it and flung the results at Jodie Foster’s face.

          • Un-Indoctrinated

            Actually it was NOT Anthony Hopkins who was the chronic masturbator, it was another criminal in the neighboring cell. Hannibal Lecter (played by Hopkins) mind-screwed the guy so badly that the guy swallowed his own tongue and died. “Multiple Miggs” was the character’s name. Whether or not his name came from the number of personal interludes he had with himself or the number of personalities he had remains debatable.

        • dukem1

          I think the PC term here is subhuman.

    • brengunn

      From the original article:

      gang leaders strategically recruited female officers who they thought had “low self-esteem and insecurities.”

      Seems I was right. It also says in the article that this particular jail has an unusually high number of female PO’s. I don’t know whether that is for the reason Puggg gives, but it obviously isn’t working.

      Given that so many black males are criminal, that would likely mean that black women are less averse to having relationships with criminals and convicts. Which is probably another reason for this trouble.

      • Puggg

        There’s another factor. Just going on what I can glean from news articles about this story, and not having any personal expertise in the affairs of predominately black jails, since this jail serves the city of Baltimore, I bet that the main lines of demarcation and division in this jail isn’t between inmates and guards, it’s between various and rival black gangs, and the gangs consists of some combination of inmates and guards. The gangs are probably based on the geographical territorial division among their members and people on the outside, and the guards are probably associated with a gang respective of the territory/turf in which they live.

      • Anonymouse

        Check out Katera Stevenson’s wrap sheet. She’s 5’3″ tall and weighs 190 pounds. She’s shaped like the Pillsbury Doughboy.

        Low self-esteem? Who knows, but it probably isn’t real easy for someone like that to find a lot of high-quality fellows.

        • MBlanc46

          Blacks manage to maintain high self-esteem quite unrelated to their actual circumstances.

        • Reasonable Size

          Lord! Miss Karina is three inches shorter, 80 lbs heavier, and 34 years younger than I am… not to mention several dozen shades darker, and I hate to say it, but this is a woman who has to have totally let herself go… Blacks… No self respect …

  • Cheri Rodriguez

    In the (undeclared) race war against Whites, blacks are all on the same side.

  • Jesse_from_Sweden

    Jeezus.

    Well, I found a little tip in the comments on the original article.

    If you use the “Maryland judicial case search” function:
    http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/inquirySearch.jis

    You can do a search on the names of the prison guards involved, and you’ll quite quickly see that they do indeed belong in a prison.
    But not as guards…..

    • Luca

      I saw that little tidbit, all these affirmative action, taxpayer funded, do-nothing unaccountable, jobs they are holding and not one ounce of background checks.

      I’ll bet they were also stealing supplies and either taking them home or selling them back to the minority vendor who supplied them

    • Anonymouse

      Unbelievable. I just looked up Katera Stevenson on that link you provided, and you’re right, how in this world did she get (and keep) a job as a prison guard when she has such a wrap sheet, for everything from theft, to writing bad checks, to selling drugs.

      Just unbelievable. And why weren’t these facts offered in the above (original) article??

  • gemjunior

    I can’t below these people’s ability to reproduce. It seems the only time they aren’t getting pregnant is when they ARE pregnant. Honestly 4 women went with one man and ALL of them are pregnant? It’s like they’re forever ovulating and dropping eggs everywhere and blacks sperms are almost airborne. Meanwhile millions upon millions of white couples are going to get in-vitro fertilization. They are like animals that are totally unable to follow rules.

    • guest

      Well, blacks don’t need to worry about who is going to pay to raise their offspring, but whites do need to worry about it, so certainly they have less stress than we do.

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        They also don’t wait until they’re 35-40 to begin having children. It’s much easier to get pregnant when you’re in your teens and 20s like blacks do.

    • dhs

      This is an example of r over K in the r/K reproduction strategy. Refer to

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R/K_selection_theory

      for a good introduction.

    • MBlanc46

      Partly that’s because blacks start at 14 and whites start at 30.

  • Dr. X

    This is INSANE. These people are in PRISON and they still behave like polygamous tribal kings servicing their harems in the darkest jungles of Africa. Is there ANY civilized institution — law, courts, governmnent, prisons — that is not corrupted whan blacks achieve positions of power?

    • Exoplanet Finder

      Right. Sterilization in lieu of prison should be offered in every single circumstance. It would ease numbers in prison, and so society a profound good. The operation is painless and takes 15 min. Now that would be a good use of taxpayer money.

      • Luca

        If your going that route then it must be sterilization for a reduced sentenced OR permanent deportation in lieu of prison.

    • MBlanc46

      That’s corruption only by a white standard. It’s normal social structure according to a black standard.

  • Bull Connor

    Good grief! 5 little jigs from the guards. I wonder how many he has outside the joint?

    • Dr. X

      Well, since their father is in jail and their mothers are now under arrest and soon-to-be unemployed, I’ll give you one guess as to who will be paying for those “little jigs,” dear taxpayer… remember that next time King Obongo of Kenya (er, I mean Washington) calls for higher taxes…

      • dukem1

        Man, you have got that so right.
        100 up-votes!

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        Yep. This jail incident has brought upon us five more tax consumers who will be instantly eligible upon birth for EBT, Medicaid, Section 8, WIC, TANF, etc.

        And that’s not even to mention what might be the largest cost. Their schooling. White taxpayers in Maryland spend an average of $14,244 per student, per year. Thirteen years of schooling, times five kids, times $14,244 comes out to a total cost of $925,860.

        Nine hundred and twenty-five thousand, eight-hundred and sixty dollars. These women’s stupidity just cost us that amount, before calculating in welfare. It’s staggering.

        • MBlanc46

          All that money on education and they’ll still read at a fourth grade level, and do maths at a third grade level.

  • MekongDelta69

    If NoBama had some prison ‘guards’…

    If NoBama had a Tavon…

    If NoBama had a…oh forget it.

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    I can picture Chief Obongo now, the press gathered around him: “If I had a son, he would look like Tavon”.

    • George White

      Yes!!!!!

  • Bill

    Renamed: Black Gorilla Gang. Fixed. And what did you EXPECT in any operation wherein blacks are dominant? Be it city management or jail management???????

  • Michael_C_Scott

    I was stunned as I started reading this, and then everything made sense when I reached the part about how this happened in Baltimore. Might as well have been Kinshasa.

    • MBlanc46

      This is perhaps an extreme case, but I believe a lower-level of this sort of behavior is normal in prisons.

  • The__Bobster

    http://www.vdare.com/posts/daily-mail-has-tavon-whites-picture

    DAILY MAIL Has Tavon White’s picture
    By Steve Sailer on April 24, 2013 at 9:08pm

    The World’s Most Interesting Newspaper, the Daily Mail, comes through again, posting a picture of Tavon White.

    As I mentioned yesterday, Tavon is the head of the Black Guerilla Family prison gang inside a Baltimore jail, where he fathered five babies by four lady prison guards.

    I’m not sure why the Washington Post and other American outlets hadn’t posted Tavon’s picture. Perhaps they were trying to battle racial stereotypes. After all, without pictorial evidence, how could anyone have guessed that Tavon White is black? Or maybe they couldn’t find a picture of Tavon at age 12 like they found of Trayvon?

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/04/24/article-2313882-19779464000005DC-44_634x770.jpg

    • The ironic thing is that British papers aren’t allowed to publish images of accused criminals in Britain, but nothing prevents them from publishing images of foreigners accused of crime. Not that I’m complaining mind you.

    • Erasmus

      With a name like Tavon, you don’t even need a picture to know he’s a knee grow.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    When I was locked up, the warden expressly warned us against sex with female staff. He said “If she’s doing it with you, she’s likely doing it with ten other guys here as well and that sort of thing is dangerously unhealthy.”

    It is a felony for guards and staff as well. Taking any sort of sexual favors from a position of authority in the US is prosecuted as rape. If you like someone enough to do that with them, surely you don’t want to get them into trouble. Perhaps that’s just me being white,

    I didn’t think much about sex. I wrote lots of letters to friends and family, I ran a study group for guys working on GEDs, I taught my bunkmate to read better and then gave him paperback swords & sorcery novels, I worked first at the machine shop, then in the kitchen and finally as a groundskeeper, did laundry in exchange for postage stamps and cigarettes, and scrounging became a religion for me; when someone wanted something, I knew where to get it without stealing anything from another inmate or personal property from guards or staff. I planned out hot rod builds, some of which actually got built. One of the guys sent my workup plan to his brother outside, and it got built. The word back was that the damned thing was so fast it was scary.

    Some of my friends from those days have gone back. Robert used to plan out small business startups in meticulous detail, was out for about a year and now gets out in 2037. He’s back in the feds for guns and drug-dealing and violating supervision. Dave never got over his mother’s cancer death, and went back to state prison for using hard drugs. It’s sad.

  • Dude

    I wonder what these women were rewarded with other than one getting to drive that car. Surely they didn’t do it all to get laid. Or did they? After all, women love bad boys.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    ” inmate’s first name, Tavon”

    My only question up to this point was negro or mexicano…answered. But then this…

    ” the Black Guerilla Family”

    “Guerilla” indeed!

    Wow…how far have we fallen…guess they don’t have civil service exams for these prison guard jobs, eh?

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      Exams be racis’. Dey cause dat disparate impact, gnome sayin’?

  • KenelmDigby

    Rushton’s r/K strikes yet again!

  • jeffaral

    Blacks are savages ! Sorry, they are just like us.

  • CharlesFinley

    rap sheet

  • Arnold Schwartz

    Why was Washington Post the only outlet to cover this story?

  • Queen.

    You are are just extremely racist, it very sad actually. a criminal is a criminal point blank period it has ABOSOLUTELY nothin gto do with race. Stuff like this happens everyday in many different jail systems they were just the first to get caught. You all have so much to say about blacks, but we dont shoot up movie theatres or schools or have sex with our cousins furthermore Im sure if becky or amber were approached with a proposition to make alot of money they would have done the same thing. Its all about charecter not race. You people are so cought up being upset that slavery is over . Its a shame.Get over it!!! The ORIGINAL MAN WAS BLACK! The first human came from africa!! So as much as you all may hate to admit it. you would’nt be here today if it weren’t for that black gene.