Just a general rule, if you are a prison guard and you fall for a prison gang member, it might not be true love. Thirteen female prison guards in Maryland have been charged with aiding prison gangs in a large-scale operation that allegedly included money laundering and drug trafficking. Par for the course, maybe, but the indictment, which was unsealed Tuesday, contains some truly bizarre details: for instance, one inmate had five children with four different guards—and two of them got tattoos of that inmate’s name, one on her neck and the other on her wrist. That man, Tavon White, is believed to be the leader of the gang Black Guerilla Family. He was sent to prison in 2009 for attempted murder.
The female prison guards make up a group of 25 people—including inmates—who were charged with criminal racketeering and drug conspiracy. They face a maximum of 20 years in prison. “The inmate literally took over ‘the asylum,’ and the detention centers became safe havens” for the gang Black Guerilla Family, according to FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt.