Two Former Correctional Officers Sentenced to Prison for a Racketeering Conspiracy
BALTIMORE, MD—U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced former correctional officers Kimberly Dennis, age 27, and Antonia Allison, age 29, both of Baltimore, Maryland to 24 months and 20 months in prison, respectively, each followed by two years of supervised release, for a racketeering conspiracy in which they smuggled drugs and other contraband for members of the Black Guerilla Family (BGF) gang inside several correctional facilities. Dennis was sentenced today and Allison was sentenced on March 10, 2015.
The sentences were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Secretary Stephen T. Moyer of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services; Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby.
According to court documents, BGF has been the dominant gang at the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC), and in several connected facilities, including the Baltimore Central Booking Intake Center, the Women’s Detention Center, which houses many men, and in the Jail Industries Building. Tavon White and other BGF leaders and members incarcerated at BCDC were involved with and often directed the smuggling of contraband into BCDC, including cell phones, tobacco and drugs, through the services of correctional officers (CO’s), who received payments, gifts or a share of the profits.
According to her plea, Kimberly Dennis worked as a Correctional Officer (CO) at Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) from 2006 to 2013. She entered into personal and sexual relationships with two inmates who were members of the Black Guerilla Family (“BGF). Dennis smuggled contraband, including marijuana, tobacco and prescription pills, into BCDC on behalf of BGF inmates, who would then sell that contraband to other BCDC inmates who were members of BGF. Allison admitted she also smuggled contraband, including prescription pills and marijuana, into BCDC for eventual distribution by inmates with the BGF. Dennis and Allison were aware of the inmates’ BGF affiliation and assisted in furthering the racketeering enterprise. Dennis and Allison worked with other CO’s to assist in the smuggling and were aware that other co-defendants and correctional officers also smuggled contraband and were involved in sexual relationships.
Forty of the 44 defendants charged in the racketeering conspiracy have been convicted, including 24 correctional officers. Thirty-five defendants pleaded guilty; five defendants were convicted after trial. Three defendants were acquitted and one defendant died.
Inmate Tavon White, a/k/a Bulldog and Tay, age 37, of Baltimore was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Rosenstein recognized the efforts of the other members of the Maryland Prison Task Force, including: the Maryland State Police, Prince George’s County Police Department, United States Marshals Office, DEA, Washington-Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Baltimore Police Department, and Maryland Prison Task Force, for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Robert R. Harding and Ayn B. Ducao, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.