Third corrections officer pleads not guilty in gang case

Kimberly Dennis, 26, is accused of helping BGF members smuggle contraband

July 05, 2013|By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun

A third corrections officer pleaded not guilty Friday to allegations that she was part of a Black Guerrilla Family gang smuggling operation at the Baltimore jail.

Kimberly Dennis, 26, entered her plea in a brief hearing in federal court in Baltimore. Both Dennis and her attorney declined to comment on the case. She faces racketeering, drug and money laundering charges.

Dennis allegedly worked with inmate Derius Duncan to smuggle marijuana and tobacco, and recruited another officer to join the gang's operation, according to an affidavit summarizing the findings of an FBI investigation.

In October 2012, Dennis wanted to start working with another inmate at the jail, according to the court papers, but explained in intercepted text messages that she had to manage the move carefully to avoid alienating Duncan.

"Give me the brown and him the green and ill make sure no one play with anyone we can team up," the inmate allegedly wrote, proposing that Duncan could continue to distribute marijuana, while he would handle tobacco.

"Awww I love u already I'm not hard to get along with I just no what to do when it come to this," Dennis wrote once the arrangements were made, according to the document.

And in Novemeber, another officer stood guard outside a closet while Duncan and Dennis had sex inside, according to the indictment in the case. Duncan's attorney declined to comment for this article.

Two other corrections officers among the 13 charged have pleaded not guilty, as well as a number of inmates accused of being part of the gang.

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