Correctional Officer Taryn Kirkland, 23, of Baltimore, was sentenced to 42 months in prison and two years of supervised release and Black Guerilla Family commander Steven Loney, 24, received nine years in prison and three years of supervised release for racketeering conspiracy for smuggling drugs into the Baltimore City Detention Center, or BCDC. Authorities said the drugs were given to BGF members in the BCDC, according to a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and others.
According to court documents, Kirkland worked as a correctional officer at BCDC where BGF member Loney was an inmate. For a time, Loney was a cellmate of Tavon White, the leader of BGF at BCDC. Following White’s transfer to another section, Loney became the commander of one of two BGF regimes at BCDC, and answered only to Tavon White.
From 2011 to 2013, Loney often directed the smuggling of contraband into BCDC by BGF members and associates, especially through the services of correctional officers. Loney became involved in sexual relationships with correctional officers, including Kirkland. Kirkland frequently smuggled contraband, including marijuana and prescription pills, into the jail on behalf of Loney. Kirkland also helped other correctional officers, such as Jennifer Owens, smuggle drugs into BCDC for other BGF inmates such as Tavon White.
Correctional officer Adrena Rice, age 25, of Baltimore previously pleaded guilty to her participation in the conspiracy and was sentenced on January 8, 2014 to 42 months in prison. BGF leader Tavon White, age 36, also pleaded guilty to the racketeering enterprise and is scheduled to be sentenced on February 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
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