It’s happened again. Three prison workers are indicted on charges of smuggling cell phones and contraband inside Baltimore City jails.
Jury selection began Monday in the racketeering case that rocked the Baltimore City jail. Last year, FBI investigators uncovered a drug smuggling operation that included not only members of the Black Guerilla Family gang but also correctional officers. Now the last eight of the defendants are heading to trial.
Both chambers of the Maryland legislature have approved bills that would raise the penalties for inmates and correctional officers caught smuggling in contraband.
A BGF member has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for his part in a racketeering conspiracy that rocked the Baltimore Detention Center.
Another correctional officer has been sentenced for smuggling contraband to members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang inside the Baltimore City Detention Center.
Maryland lawmakers pushed for several measures to help cut down on contraband and fight corruption in correctional facilities on Tuesday, but some lawmakers questioned whether stiffer penalties for bringing in and receiving contraband cell phones went too far.
Federal investigators believe more than half of the corrections officers at the Baltimore City jail helped inmates smuggle in contraband. A new set of officers has just been indicted.
Another corrections officer enters a guilty plea Wednesday for her involvement in the sophisticated contraband smuggling operation at the Baltimore City Detention Center that drew national attention to Maryland.
State lawmakers investigating corruption in the prison system walk through the Baltimore City Detention Center.
Millions of tax dollars are going up in smoke. The Maryland comptroller’s office is cracking down on cigarette smuggling.
A former Prince George’s County police officer has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for his role in an extortion scheme involving the trafficking of contraband cigarettes and alcohol.
The owner of a Prince George’s County auto glass store has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for his role in a plot to traffic contraband cigarettes across state lines, and a second conspirator will spend a year and a half in prison.