Racketeering, Smuggling, Sex with Guards: 25 Indicted in Massive Baltimore Prison Scandal

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A major scandal in the Baltimore city corrections system netted an indictment of 25 people — including 13 prison guards — on charges of drug conspiracy, money laundering and racketeering, all run through a prison gang operation in which inmates virtually controlled the jail in which they were incarcerated.

Federal law enforcement officials say the defendants conspired with or took bribes from members of the Black Guerilla Family to smuggle drugs, cellphones, and other contraband in and out of the Baltimore City Detention Center and several facilities connected to it. Four female corrections officers named in the indictment even allegedly became pregnant (one of them twice) by the gang’s accused ringleader, inmate Tavon White.

(LIST: TIME’s 25 Greatest Crimes of the Century)

The scheme ran from 2009 through at least February, when it was discovered through a series of inspections by the Maryland Department of Public Safety…

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