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Jails and Prisons

Maryland officials: 26 indicted in prison gang conspiracy

In the latest move to root out longstanding corruption in Maryland prisons, state and federal officials announced Thursday the indictments of 26 people, including a correctional officer who served as a high-ranking gang member.

The charges include attempted first-degree murder and smuggling contraband like drugs and cellphones into prisons.

Sgt. Antoine Fordham, a correctional officer whom authorities described as a high-ranking member of the 8-Trey Crips street gang, was the initial target of the probe and among those indicted. The indictment alleges Fordham oversaw much of the gang's drug dealing activity at a Baltimore intersection. Officials say Fordham and other members...