BGF leader sentenced to 10 years for role in Baltimore jail scandal

A Black Guerrilla Family gang leader was sentenced Wednesday to more than 10 years in prison on racketeering charges related to a drugs- and contraband-smuggling scandal that rocked the Baltimore City Detention Center last year, federal prosecutors said.

U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Jamar Anderson, 24, of Baltimore, to 121 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, prosecutors said. Of that term, 60 months will be served consecutively to a murder sentence for which he was already incarcerated.

Anderson spent time in the Baltimore City Detention Center in pretrial custody from 2012 to last year.

As a member of the Black Guerrilla Family, the dominant gang at the city jail, he directed correctional officers to smuggle cellphones, drugs, tobacco and other contraband, which they did in return for payments, gifts or a share in the profits, prosecutors said.

Anderson had sexual relationships with two of the jail's officers, prosecutors said.

A spokeswoman for Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. attorney for Maryland, said in a news release that the Maryland Prison Task Force — a group of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors formed in 2011 — was instrumental in prosecuting the case.

The task force produces leads for investigators in such cases and recommends reforms for prison procedures, the release said.

Of the 44 defendants charged in the Black Guerrilla Family gang conspiracy at the Baltimore jail, nearly half have pleaded guilty, 14 of them correctional officers. One defendant has died.

Trials for the remaining defendants are scheduled to begin in November.

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