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Supplier to Black Guerrilla Family in city jail pleads guilty

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A woman who supplied Black Guerrilla Family gang members with drugs to sell at the Baltimore jail pleaded guilty Wednesday to a conspiracy charge in federal court.

Tyesha Mayo, 30, obtained marijuana and prescription pills and handed them off to corrupt corrections officers, who smuggled them past the walls of the Baltimore City Detention Center and into the hands of gang leader Tavon White, according to facts supporting her plea presented in court.

In return, White paid Mayo using electronic transfers and cash, according to the statement.

"Did you do the things the government said you did?" Judge Frederick Motz asked Mayo.

"Yes," she said.

Mayo, whom White described as his cousin in intercepted phone messages, is the first person in the jail case to plead guilty to working for the gang on the street. White was the first to admit to his part in the smuggling in August.

Mayo worked with corrections officer Katera Stevenson — who has also pleaded guilty — to obtain marijuana. White directed a transaction by phone one day in December, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

"You in the house?" White asked Mayo, according to the document. "Aight, she [Stevenson] says she's gonna come get the stuff."

Meanwhile, lawyers for 15 of the remaining defendants have been granted more time to file motions in the case.

A. Eduardo Balarezo, the attorney for corrections officer Chania Brooks, made the request this week in a letter to a judge because "of the vast amount of discovery to be reviewed and ongoing plea negotiations."

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