5 plead guilty in Black Guerrilla Family jail smuggling ring

Twenty-five people, including corrections officers, were indicted in the scheme this April.

November 08, 2013|By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun

Five people pleaded guilty this week to their roles in a drug smuggling scheme orchestrated by the Black Guerrilla Family gang at the Baltimore jail.

Inmates Jermaine McFadden, 24, and Kenneth Parham, 23; corrections officer Katrina LaPrade, 31; Teshawn Pinder, girlfriend of a prisoner; and Tyrone Thompson, 36, an outside supplier, admitted to helping move contraband including prescription medications and cellphones into the Baltimore City Detention Center, according to court records.

Twenty-five people were charged in a federal indictment this past April in connection with the profitable smuggling ring, which was headed by Tavon White, the leader of the Black Guerrilla Family at the Baltimore jail.

After this week's pleas, 15 of the defendants — including White — have acknowledged their part in the conspiracy.

McFadden's plea agreement revealed that prosecutors believe an additional corrections officer, who has not been charged, was involved in the scheme. That officer is still employed at the jail, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said Thursday.

The agreement states that the officer, McFadden and corrections officer Katera Stevenson brought pain-killing pills, cellphones, tobacco, marijuana and other contraband into the facility. Stevenson also has pleaded guilty.

Officials have said they are investigating all employees at the detention center. Other plea agreements in the case have detailed that the defendants knew of other corrections officers who participated in gang activity.

Baltimore Sun reporter Ian Duncan contributed to this article.

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