According to an unsealed federal indictment, a Baltimore jail inmate has sired 5 babies with 4 female guards at the Baltimore City Detention Center, The Baltimore Sun reports. Those guards were named in the indictment, along with 9 of their co-workers, for enabling a prison gang's drug trafficking and money laundering enterprise behind bars. Baltimore was the backdrop for the critically-acclaimed HBO TV series The Wire.
Authorities say Tavon "Bulldog" White, the leader of the Black Guerrilla Family gang, was given free reign of the Baltimore City Detention Center, where he supervised his gang's criminal enterprise from the comforts of his prison cell.
The indictment alleges that White "took control" of the prison soon after he arrived in 2009 on an attempted murder charge. 25 people -- including 13 female guards -- were named in the federal indictment.
The indictment alleges that the female guards smuggled in drugs, cell phones, cigarettes and other contraband to the members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang. They also ferried money in and out of the jail.
"This is my jail," White said in a recorded phone call, according to the indictment. "I'm dead serious... I make every final call in this jail... and nothing go past me. Everything come to me."
Stephen E. Vogt, the special agent in charge of the Baltimore FBI office, said at a news conference Tuesday that "Tavon White effectively raised the BGF flag over Baltimore City Detention Center."
"Once a violent offender is sent to jail, law enforcement's hardest work should be behind it," said. "This is not the case in Baltimore City."
White allegedly gained the trust of the female guards by giving them personal use of his cars including a Mercedes and giving one of them gifts such as a diamond ring. In return, the horny guards willingly submitted themselves to White for his sexual pleasure. He impregnating 4 of them, according to the indictment.
By Spring of 2009, White was in total control of the jail, the indictment alleges. He allegedly earned $16,000 a month trafficking drugs in and out of the jail.
"I hold the highest seat you can get," he told another alleged member of the gang. "So regardless of what anybody say, whatever I say is law. Like, I am the law. My word is law."
Officials with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, which runs the jail, are under fire now that the indictment is unsealed.
"Everything that happens in this department is my responsibility," department secretary Gary D. Maynard said Tuesday. "It's totally on me."
"We're looking at the policies that affect the jail and the detention center," Maynard added.
A spokesman for the department said 13 correctional officers have been suspended without pay. The department is recommending that they be dismissed, the spokesman said.
"The administration really doesn't do a good job of hiring quality people," said Archer Blackwell, a union rep. "They need to do more psychological examination, they need to do more in the academy to actually train and discipline people."