Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This is My Jail

The infamous Black Guerrilla Family, Maryland's powerful prison gang, is back in the news:
Thirteen female prison guards were charged by the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office in an indictment unsealed Tuesday in federal court. They allegedly smuggled into the prison cell phones, prescription pills and other contraband uncovered during a year-long corruption investigation of state detention facilities.

At the center of the investigation was an alleged leader of the gang, Tavon White, who prosecutors said had sexual relationships with at least four of the prison guards, fathering five children since his incarceration in Baltimore in 2009.

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

The indictment, which also charged seven inmates and five co-conspirators, outlined the enduring power of gangs within some Maryland detention facilities as well as a highly organized and profitable smuggling enterprise. While in prison, White bragged about earning $16,000 during a slow month, and he used the money to buy several luxury cars, including a Mercedes Benz and a BMW, prosecutors said.

According to an affidavit unsealed Tuesday, prison gang leaders strategically recruited female prison guards and other inmates to smuggle, deliver and pick up payments throughout the Baltimore City Detention Center and several connected facilities, including the Baltimore Central Booking Intake Center.
I love it that Tavon White bought expensive cars even though he is in prison and can't even see them, let alone drive them. But you have to respect a man who is sent to prison but then has five children by four different guards.

The BGF is a big operation with a lot of Afrocentric ideology and a law code in Swahili, and besides these guards it has members throughout the Baltimore city government.

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