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Two individuals plead guilty in alleged jail smuggling

A 31-year-old correctional officer working for the Baltimore City Detention Center recently pleaded guilty to federal crimes. According to reports, the woman was accused of drug possession with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute, conspiracy to launder money and a federal racketeering conspiracy charge. She pleaded guilty to the last charge, having her other charges dropped in the process.

The 31-year-old woman worked for the jail in Maryland from 2007 to 2013. Prosecutors said that during that time, the defendant smuggled controlled substances into the jail, including marijuana and prescription drugs, at the request of a gang leader. This man also supposedly fathered two of the woman's children - during his incarceration. The former guard is one of 25 people who have been indicted as part of a smuggling operation involving drugs and cell phones at the facility. Investigations led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation led to this indictment, and officials believe that more defendants will be named in the future as the investigation continues. Officials with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services claim the facility will be reformed because many people are worried about the allegations surrounding this supposed smuggling operation.

Other defendants include individuals both outside and inside of the jail. More than a dozen correctional officers have been named as part of the alleged operation. The man supposedly in charge of it all is 36 years old and has supposedly impregnated four different correctional officers. He recently pleaded guilty to federal racketeering conspiracy charges, as well as a handgun charge and an attempted second-degree murder charge. The latter charges were at the state level. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his state charges, but has not been sentences the federal charge. The woman may be sentenced to as long as 20 years in prison with five years' probation, but her sentencing will not occur until early next year.

If you have been accused of drug charges or any other sort of crime, speak to a qualified Maryland criminal defense attorney about your case. Your attorney will work diligently to ensure your rights are protected while working to build a strong defense on your behalf.

Source:  Baltimore Sun, "Guard pleads guilty to smuggling drugs into city jail for gang" Justin George, Aug. 13, 2013

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