Documents show new evidence in jail corruption case
In raids federal authorities seized drugs, phones and Green Dot cards, according to documents
Law enforcement raided the homes of people charged in the Baltimore jail corruption case April 23 at 6 o’clock on the dot, court documents show, carting off their property to use as evidence. Many of the locations were empty, but two of the alleged gang members were home to greet the federal agents.
A few hours later, the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office outlined allegations that Black Guerrilla Family gang members and corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center colluded in running a smuggling network. Four of the officers whose homes were raided that morning had been impregnated by the gang’s leader Tavon White, according to federal authorities.
Officials provided an affidavit summarzing the evidence obtained ahead of the searched the day the case was unsealed in April, but details of what the agents seized in the early morning raids were only made public in recently filed court documents first reported by the City Paper.
The materials taken, according to the documents, match up with the allegations already made in the case. They include prescription pills, marijuana and cellphones, all of which the alleged gang members are accused of smuggling into the jail, and numerous Green Dot currency cards, said to be the gang’s preferred payment method for contraband.
Other items provide a glimpse into the lives of the alleged Black Guerrilla Family members before their arrests. The filings show that at the West Baltimore home of Tyesha Mayo, who is accused of helping coordinate the gang's activities from outside the jail, investigators found a newspaper clipping of a story about a murder, and a funderal program for Ralph “Boosa” Timmons, Jr.. He was charged in the case but killed before the indictment was unsealed.
And at the Randallstown home of corrections officer Jennifer Owens, investigators reported finding a receipt from Baltimore law firm Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin and White.
Creston P. Smith, a lawyer with the firm, appeared to represent Tavon White on attempted murder charges in Baltimore Circuit Court the next day.
As an example, here's the filing showing what was seized from Owens' home:
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