Prison protectors have sold prisoners drugs and porn in exchange for sex and PayPal payments, says the FBI

Federal prosecutors have closed prosecutions accusing guards in a Maryland prison of smuggling drugs and pornography to prisoner in exchange for sex and cash.

An indictment of the grand jury was dismissed on Tuesday, naming 20 people including prison staff, prisoners and external facilitators in the alleged smuggling ring at the Maryland Correctional Institute Jessup.

Prosecutors say that since at least 2014, guards and civilian prisoners would hide their drugs and flash drives with porn in their clothing, hair and even body cavities to sneak them into the medium-sized security facility.

The prison workers would keep the smuggled goods on pre-arranged drops, such as in the prison library, or even deliver them to prisoners in their cells, according to the indictment.

Twenty people have been charged in a smuggling ring at the Maryland Correctional Institute Jessup (seen in the background behind a maximum security facility)

Twenty people have been charged in a smuggling ring at the Maryland Correctional Institute Jessup (seen in the background behind a maximum security facility)

Maryland Correctional Institute Jessup has approximately 1,100 male prisoners. A staff of approximately 300 prison guards and civilian staff leads the facility.

Prosecutors say that from the inside prisoners of prison labor who allowed them to move freely, known as & # 39; working men & # 39 ;, would discretely pass on orders and deliver.

The drugs involved in the scheme include heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, ecstacy, Suboxone, marijuana and K2, prosecutors said.

Suboxone, a painkiller used to treat heroin addiction, which itself is also being used for recreational abuse, can be bought for $ 10 on the outside and sold for $ 50 in prison, prosecutors say, making the plan very lucrative.

Prisoners used cash, money orders, Green Dot cards and PayPal to pay the prison workers and other henchmen on the outside, according to the indictment.

Smuggling mobile phones even allowed the brutal prisoners to make PayPal payments from the prison walls.

The indictment also claims that correctional officers had sex with prisoners, and swap sex for contraband. The prisoners are all male and the correctional officers are both male and female.

Maryland Correctional Institute Jessup has approximately 1,100 male prisoners. A staff of approximately 300 prison guards and civilian staff leads the facility

Maryland Correctional Institute Jessup has approximately 1,100 male prisoners. A staff of approximately 300 prison guards and civilian staff leads the facility

Maryland Correctional Institute Jessup has approximately 1,100 male prisoners. A staff of approximately 300 prison guards and civilian staff leads the facility

Lieutenant Owen Nesmith is also accused of sexually abusing three detainees between 2005 and 2017.

In particular, the charge alleges that Nesmith threatened to subject a prisoner to death and serious bodily injury, and threatened to ensure that another prisoner would not receive a conditional release because the guard threatened to wrongly claim that he had attacked Nesmith .

Upon interrogation, the charge alleges that Nesmith has wrongly stated that he has never put drugs in jail, sold drugs or had inappropriate relationships or sexual contact with detainees while in MCIJ.

& # 39; Our public officials – including correctional officers and prison staff – must perform their duties with integrity and professionalism, "said lawyer Robert K. Hur in a statement announcing the indictment.

& # 39; Corrupt correctional officers and staff endanger the lives of their employees and the prisoners entrusted to their care and supervision and undermine everyone's trust in the administration of justice & # 39 ;, Hur continued.

The final stab pushes the number of arrests in prison damage cases in Maryland to nearly 200 since 2015, according to Acting Secretary Michael Ziegler of the Department of Public Security and Correction Services of Maryland.

Ziegler attributed the effort to clean up state prisons for Governor Larry Hogan, a republican.

"And we're not nearly finished arresting those who can't keep their promise to protect the public, our employees, and those in our custody," said Ziegler.

If convicted, nineteen suspects face a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment for extortion.

Nine defendants are faced with up to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to spread and possess with the intention of distributing drugs; and three suspects up to 20 years in prison for possession with the intention of distributing controlled substances.

In addition, Nesmith is faced with a maximum of life imprisonment for appointment to law for imminent death or serious bodily injury, and a year of imprisonment for the other two counts; and a maximum of five years in prison for making false statements.

The following persons are accused in the indictment.

Correctional Officers / Employees:

  • Owen Nesmith, lieutenant inspector, 50 years old, from Baltimore
  • Patricia McDaniel, Correctional Dietary Officer, 26, from Baltimore
  • Janel Griffin, Correctional Officer, 40 years, from Baltimore
  • Robert Doggett, Case Manager Employee, 53 years old, from Baltimore
  • Ricky McNeely, Contract Exterminator, 39 years of Baltimore
  • Joseph Nwancha, 39-year-old contract nurse from Baltimore

prisoners:

  • Corey Alston, a / k / a C, 29 years
  • Jerrard Bazemore, a / k / a Tic, 34 years old
  • Irving Hernandez, a / k / a Irvin, 25 years old
  • Todd Holloway, a / k / a J, 34 years old
  • Schvel Mack, a / k / a Weezy and L Weezy, 29 years old
  • Larnell Megginson, a / k / a Julio, 38 years old
  • Tavon Price, a / k / a Tay, 35 years old

facilitators:

  • Aldon Alston, 55, from Baltimore
  • Ashley Alston, 28, from Baltimore
  • Tyirisha Johnson, 23, from Baltimore
  • Jamia Lawson, a / k / a Mia, 27 years old, from Baltimore
  • Jerrell McNeill, a / k / a Rell, 35, from Baltimore
  • India Parker, 33 years old, from Parkville, Maryland
  • Lekeah Pendleton, a / k / a Keah, 40, from Catonsville, Maryland