U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced correctional officer Adrena Rice, age 25, of Baltimore today to 42 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for racketeering conspiracy arising from the smuggling of drugs for members of the Black Guerilla Family (BGF) gang inside the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC), according to a statement from the office of United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
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, the Women’s Detention Center, which houses many men, and in the Jail Industries Building, the statement said.
According to her plea, Rice worked as a correctional officer at BCDC. She frequently smuggled contraband, including marijuana and prescription pills, into BCDC on behalf of BGF leader and inmate, Tavon White. Rice also helped other correctional officers, such as Jennifer Owens and Katera Stevenson, smuggle drugs into BCDC.
Eight other correctional officers have pleaded guilty to the racketeering enterprise and await sentencing:
Kimberly Dennis, age 26, of Baltimore
Jasmin Jones, a/k/a/ J.J., age 24, of Baltimore;
Taryn Kirkland, age 23, of Baltimore;
Katrina Laprade, a/k/a Katrina Lyons, age 31;
Vivian Matthews, age 26, of Essex, Md.
Jennifer Owens, a/k/a/ O and J.O., age 31, of Randallstown;
Katera Stevenson, a/k/a KK, age 24, of Baltimore
Jasmine Thornton, a/k/a J.T., age 26, of Glen Burnie.
Seven other co-defendants have also pleaded guilty: inmates Tavon White, age 36; Steven Loney, age 24; Jermaine McFadden, a/k/a Maine, age 25; and Kenneth Parham, age 24; and outside contraband suppliers Tyrone Thompson, a/k/a Henry, age 36; Tyesha Mayo, age 30 and Teshawn Pinder, age 24. Loney is scheduled to be sentenced on January 14, 2014.
Outside supplier James Yarborough, a/k/a J.Y., age 27, of Baltimore, is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 15.
The statement said the case arose from the efforts of the Maryland Prison Task Force, a group of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors that met regularly for more than two years and generated recommendations to reform prison procedures. The investigation is continuing.
Rosenstein recognized the efforts of the other members of the Maryland Prison Task Force, including: Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department; United States Marshal Johnny Hughes; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Field Division; Tom Carr, Director of the Washington-Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area; and Dave Engel, Executive Director of the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center.