The leader of a Maryland prison gang reportedly impregnated four female correctional officers – including one correctional officer twice – while using a network of other female prison guards to help him launder money, run drugs, and smuggle contraband, according to a federal indictment.
Tavon White, 36, identified in court papers as the alleged leader of the Black Guerilla Family (BGF), is currently being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center on a charge of attempted murder.
Thirteen female and two male prison guards are facing federal corruption charges following a months-long investigation into Maryland’s correctional facilities – an investigation which uncovered, obviously, a lack of control.
"The inmates literally took over 'the asylum,' and the detention centers became safe havens for the BGF," FBI Special Agent Stephen Vogt said in a released statement. He also stated White “effectively raised the BGF flag over the Baltimore City Detention Center.”
According to the indictment, two of the female officers impregnated by White tattooed “Tavon” on their bodies; one inked the name on her neck and another put the name on her wrist.
In one incident, one guard kept watch over a closet while White and another guard had sex, according to authorities.
The indictment portrays a prison system run by inmates.
In a recorded phone call from the Baltimore City Detention Center, White reportedly bragged, “This is my jail. I make every final call in this jail.”
A total of 15 guards, seven inmates and five gang members were indicted in the conspiracy, according to the FBI.
The indictment states inmates used reloadable debit cards to purchase contraband and gifts for guards. Guards also used their underwear to smuggle contraband into the facility, selectively choosing entrances they knew would not be thoroughly screened, according to the indictment.
"Ninety-nine percent of our correctional officers do their jobs with integrity, honesty, and respect," said Secretary Gary Maynard of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
According to Maynard, 60 percent of all correction officers in Maryland are women.