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11 years in prison for smuggling drugs in Baltimore jail

A member of the gang Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) who was an inmate in a detention center of Baltimore, was sentenced today to eleven years in prison for participating in a racketeering conspiracy in smuggling drugs and contraband in complicity with an correctional officer of that facility.

Jermaine McFadden (25), was associated with BGF while incarcerated at the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) from 2012 to 2013 with the complicity of correctional officer Katera Stevenson and other officers for smuggling cell phones, tobacco, marijuana and other contraband to be brought into BCDC, which he sold to BGF members and other inmates.

Other ten correctional and Katera Stevenson (25), have pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy, and three have been sentenced to between 32 and 42 months in prison. Three BGF members have pleaded guilty to the racketeering enterprise and two of them were sentenced to between nine years and 151 months in prison.

The sentence pronounced today by the U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander against Jermaine McFadden was of the 140 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, was announced by the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

This case was developed as a result of the efforts of the Maryland Prison Task Force, formed in 2011 with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and prosecutors. According to court documents, BGF has been the dominant gang at the BCDC, and in several connected facilities, including the Baltimore Central Booking Intake Center (BCBIC), the Women’s Detention Center, which houses many men, and in the Jail Industries Building.

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