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25 charged in Md. plot to bring contraband to jail

Tuesday - 4/23/2013, 2:51pm  ET

BALTIMORE - Federal prosecutors have charged 25 people, including corrections officers, with scheming to smuggle drugs and cell phones into Baltimore's jail.

An indictment unsealed Tuesday claims that the Black Guerilla Family gang ran the scheme from inside the Baltimore City Detention Center and charges gang members and corrections officers with conspiracy, drug possession and distribution and money laundering.

Gang members allegedly arranged to smuggle drugs, cell phones and other contraband into the jail and related prison facilities with the help of corrupt corrections officers. Prosecutors say gang members used contraband cell phones to arrange the drug smuggling and sexual encounters as well as warn of investigations and order assaults and murders.

The drugs brought into the prison included marijuana, Oxycodone, Xanax, Klonopin and Vicodin.

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