Mar 3, 2022

4 plead guilty in Maryland prison smuggling scheme

A former prison guard, two inmates and a so-called “facilitator” are the latest defendants to plead guilty to a federal racketeering conspiracy at a Maryland prison.

Oct 21, 2020

Baltimore correctional officers face U.S. smuggling charges

Three correctional officers are among nine people facing federal charges of conspiring to smuggle narcotics, cellphones and tobacco into the Chesapeake Detention Facility in Baltimore, Maryland U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said Wednesday. The alleged scheme, which also included four detainees and two people on the outside, involved bribes to correctional officers and had been […]

Oct 14, 2015

Trials set for 3 accused in prison drone smuggling case

CUMBERLAND — Trial dates have been set for three men accused of trying to use a small, remote-controlled aircraft to smuggle drugs, tobacco and pornography into a maximum-security state prison in western Maryland. Twenty-five-year-old Thaddeus Shortz of Knoxville and 43-year-old inmate Charles Brooks entered pleas of not guilty at their initial appearances Tuesday in Allegany […]

Prison contraband conspiracy
Nov 19, 2014

‘This is my jail’: Baltimore corruption case goes to trial

Inside the Baltimore City Detention Center, gang members used smuggled cellphones, dealt drugs and had sex with corrupt guards — several of whom they impregnated — who helped them as they ran operations of the Black Guerilla Family, according to court papers in a case alleging widespread corruption at the state-run facility.

Baltimore City Detention Center
Nov 17, 2014

Trial starts for 8 charged in Baltimore jail case

The trial for eight remaining defendants in a vast drug-smuggling operation at a downtown Baltimore jail has opened with jury selection.

Nov 17, 2014

Trial set for 8 charged in Baltimore jail case

The trial is set to begin for eight remaining defendants in a vast drug-smuggling operation at a downtown Baltimore jail.

Jul 23, 2014

BGF member sentenced to 10 years in city jail smuggling

A member of the Black Guerilla Family gang that operated inside the Baltimore City Detention Center was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Jamar Anderson, 24, of Baltimore, for participating in a racketeering conspiracy that included the smuggling of drugs and contraband […]

Baltimore City Detention Center
Feb 20, 2014

House votes to reform corrections intelligence

Maryland's corrections department is backing legislation to make official the new structure of its statewide its prison intelligence operations, which were reorganized after last year's indictments of 27 Baltimore correctional officers.

May 3, 2013

Joint hearing planned on state correctional facilities

General Assembly leaders will hold a joint briefing in June to discuss problems at Maryland's correctional facilities, the latest fallout from a sordid jail scandal revolving around drugs, sex and money in Baltimore.

Apr 29, 2013

Accused prison contraband leader pleads not guilty

The U.S. Attorney’s office says the alleged leader of a jailhouse contraband ring has pleaded not guilty to federal charges in the case. Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office, says Tavon White appeared at arraignment Monday and pleaded not guilty to the charges announced last week. White is one of 25 people […]

Sep 20, 2012

Feds raid five Cecil liquor stores

As part of a years-long investigation into suspected liquor smuggling between Cecil County and New York retailers, federal investigators have raided five shops where people are suspected of illegally acting as middlemen for hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of alcoholic beverages since 2009.

Aug 6, 2012

Shop tax free — don’t go to jail on smuggling charges

Few like to see the tax man when he's coming to the door. But Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is trying for a few laughs before asking Marylanders to pay up. ...

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