Tavon White, the leader of the Black Guerilla Family, which operated illegal enterprises out of the Baltimore City Detention Center, including smuggling drugs and cell phones into the downtown jail and other facilities, pleaded guilty Aug. 6 to racketeering conspiracy.
Baltimore resident White, 36, also known as Bulldog and Tay, was described in a statement released by U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and others as the “commander” of the gang that has dominated the BCDC. The statement said the Black Guerilla Family has been involved in illegal activity at the Baltimore Central Booking Intake Center, the Women’s Detention Center, which houses many men, and in the Jail Industries Building.
According to the statement, White joined the BFG, which started in California, in 2003 and rose up through the ranks until he became the group’s leader in 2011. His ascension happened as he sat in the BCDC awaiting trial on second degree murder charges.
“Throughout his years at BCDC, White was involved with and often directed the smuggling of contraband into BCDC, including cell phones, tobacco and drugs, through the services of correctional officers (CO’s), who received payments, gifts or a share of the profits,” the statement said. “According to the plea agreement, White and his 24 co-defendants, including 13 correctional officers, participated in the smuggling enterprise and White also knew many other CO’s involved in contraband trafficking and sexual relations with inmates.”
White also told authorities that he had sexual liaisons with four officers who worked at the jail, each of whom became pregnant.
White, who faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 20, 2014, in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
Rosenstein attributed law enforcement’s success in bringing down White to work by the Maryland Prison Task Force, the FBI, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and Baltimore police.
Officials said they continue to investigate the gang’s activities and the network of those who assisted them.