Sun Coverage: Black Guerrilla Family
8:09 PM EST, February 9, 2015
Tavon White, described by authorities as a calculating gang leader who essentially took over the Baltimore jail to smuggle drugs in cahoots with corrections officers, drew compliments from a federal judge and prosecutor at his sentencing Monday.
9:26 PM EST, February 5, 2015
A federal jury convicted five people and acquitted three others Thursday in a Baltimore jailhouse corruption case, ending a two-month trial that saw a parade of inmates, disgraced corrections officers and law enforcement officers describe an "upside-down world" where criminals were in charge.
9:45 PM EST, January 7, 2015
Law enforcement officials in Baltimore moved Wednesday to increase protection of officers and others who work in the city's police stations.
9:46 PM EST, January 6, 2015
Baltimore police officers are on heightened alert after they disarmed a man who took a loaded handgun into a police station on Tuesday.
7:54 PM EST, November 19, 2014
The Black Guerrilla Family gang leader who prosecutors say essentially took over Baltimore's jail while an inmate there will be the government's star witness against the eight remaining defendants, attorneys said as the trial opened Wednesday.
7:52 PM EST, January 8, 2014
A federal judge ordered a former corrections officer behind bars for smuggling drugs into the Baltimore jail at the behest of the Black Guerrilla Family — the first sentence in a case that revealed the gang's takeover of the facility.
6:40 PM EDT, September 17, 2013
Corrections officer Katera Stevenson, 25, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to a racketeering charge, admitting her part in a Black Guerrilla Family gang network that smuggled drugs and other contraband into the Baltimore jail.
8:31 PM EDT, August 6, 2013
Barbara Poindexter saw the death of her son coming.
6:44 PM EDT, August 6, 2013
The Black Guerrilla Family gang leader at the center of a corruption scandal in the Baltimore City Detention Center pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal racketeering conspiracy charges, then admitted to the state's allegations of attempted murder that originally landed him in jail
9:29 PM EDT, May 30, 2013
As Tyrone Brown sat in his jail cell at the Baltimore County Detention Center late last year, awaiting trial for the murder of a man in a Towson Town Center parking garage, he kept busy in part by smoking marijuana and memorizing contraband writings of the Black Guerrilla Family — the same gang prosecutors say he killed to become a part of.
8:36 PM EDT, May 28, 2013
The former security chief at the Baltimore City Detention Center is fighting her dismissal, her lawyer said Tuesday, arguing that she was used as a scapegoat in the wake of a federal corruption indictment that targeted corrections officers and inmates.
10:30 PM EDT, May 27, 2013
A month after a federal indictment alleged widespread corruption at the Baltimore City Detention Center, Gov. Martin O'Malley on Monday announced a new task force charged with pushing the inquisition further.
8:21 PM EDT, May 9, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday that he would expand the use of technology to block cell phone calls in Maryland corrections facilities, part of a set of reforms designed to "root out corruption" after a federal indictment alleged widespread gang activity at the Baltimore City Detention Center.
8:37 PM EDT, May 8, 2013
Months before a federal indictment detailed allegations of corruption at the Baltimore City Detention Center, the smuggling and sexual improprieties at the core of that case had already been outlined in an inmate's lawsuit.
11:52 PM EDT, May 7, 2013
State officials said Tuesday they removed the security chief at the Baltimore City Detention Center in the wake of a federal indictment that alleged an extensive smuggling scheme involving gang members and officers at the facility.
10:32 AM EDT, May 2, 2013
With the state corrections system already under scrutiny, the Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved a $40,000 settlement with a former inmate of the Baltimore jail who claimed he was assaulted by gang members for not assisting with a drug dealing operation.
9:15 PM EDT, April 30, 2013
'Positive achievement' or 'disgraceful failure'?
12:18 PM EDT, April 30, 2013
Governor stands firmly behind state prisons chief.
10:23 PM EDT, April 29, 2013
Accused corrections officer Tiffany Linder also arraigned.
9:54 PM EDT, April 28, 2013
Tests administered to three officials; more could be coming.
11:46 AM EDT, April 28, 2013
From Fox News to NPR, questions raised about governor's focus, future.
12:19 PM EDT, April 27, 2013
As if prison gang indictment wasn't mind blowing enough without their spin.
5:39 PM EDT, April 27, 2013
Corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center were preparing for a middle-of-the-night search of jail cells, aimed at rooting out drugs, cellphones, weapons and any other contraband inmates had stashed away. But the officers weren't the only ones getting ready.
4:38 PM EDT, April 27, 2013
In a career that's spanned more than four decades in four states, Gary D. Maynard has dealt with inmate sex scandals, prison riots, suicides and shrinking public safety budgets.
10:22 PM EDT, April 26, 2013
Maynard moves office to Baltimore City Detention Center to oversee sweeping review.
9:53 PM EDT, April 25, 2013
One of the corrections officers accused this week of helping Black Guerrilla Family members smuggle drugs into a Baltimore jail was flagged seven years ago for alleged gang ties.
4:59 PM EDT, April 25, 2013
Allegations that a cabal of Black Guerrilla Family gang members effectively took over the Baltimore City Detention Center have prompted a rare out-of-session legislative hearing on the state's prison system.
10:04 PM EDT, April 24, 2013
Maryland lawmakers called Wednesday for a sweeping inquiry into the state prison system, amid allegations that a gang effectively took over the Baltimore City Detention Center, orchestrating crimes from behind bars and impregnating female correctional officers who helped smuggle in contraband.
10:11 PM EDT, April 24, 2013
Corruption allegations at the Baltimore City Detention Center have focused attention on the extensive "bill of rights" that protects state corrections officers who face disciplinary proceedings.
11:01 AM EDT, April 24, 2013
A cabal of corrupt corrections officers and members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang enjoyed nearly free rein inside the Baltimore City Detention Center, federal authorities allege, smuggling drugs and cellphones into the jail and having sexual relationships that left four guards pregnant.
9:20 PM EST, March 7, 2013
After Black Guerrilla Family leader Naim King was killed on Halloween 2007, prosecutors say, fellow gang member David Hunter swore to avenge his death.
1:10 PM EST, January 7, 2013
In Baltimore, authorities are finding that if they can't solve a robbery, the next best thing may be to set one up.
10:44 AM EDT, October 16, 2012
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts says that the Black Guerrilla Family gang is spurring much of the recent violence in the city as it tries to expand its reach.
4:56 PM EST, January 12, 2012
A woman accused of helping oversee the prison-based Black Guerilla Family gang was sentenced to five years in federal prison, federal authorities announced Thursday.
8:24 PM EDT, November 2, 2011
Nearly two dozen alleged members of a prison gang that started in Maryland and spread across the country have been indicted on federal racketeering charges, including accusations of murder for hire, armed robbery and drug running, officials announced Wednesday.
1:16 PM EST, February 15, 2012
Buried at the bottom of today's CityPaper article about the Black Guerrilla Family gang is an eye-opening interview with an anonymous member, spelling out the gang's goal of infiltrating city government by masquerading as an anti-drug, black empowerment movement.
10:59 AM EDT, April 18, 2010
Venture out into East Baltimore's McElderry Park neighborhood after a shooting and you're likely to come across Gardnel Carter, a hulking, 48-year-old man who spent two decades in prison for murder.
10:50 AM EDT, April 13, 2010
Baltimore officials suspended more than $1 million in city funds for anti-violence programs Monday after workers at a West Baltimore community center that has received taxpayer dollars were accused of operating as a front for gang activities.
10:29 AM EDT, July 7, 2010
A Jessup correctional officer was arrested Tuesday morning on federal drug charges, revealing a sweeping effort to wipe out one of Maryland's most notorious gangs through related racketeering indictments.
10:38 AM EDT, May 9, 2009
Four local educators - including a two-time Baltimore mayoral candidate - are listed among endorsers of a black empowerment handbook that federal authorities say was written and distributed by the leader of a violent prison gang to spread its message.
9:59 AM EDT, April 17, 2009
The court records read like a scene out of Goodfellas: From their prison cells and with the help of corrections staff, authorities say, members of a violent gang were feasting on salmon and shrimp, sipping Grey Goose vodka and puffing fine cigars - all while directing drug deals, extorting protection money from other inmates and arranging attacks on witnesses and rival gang members.
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