Governor Hogan discusses corruption inside Maryland prisons
JESSUP, Md. (WBFF) -- Thursday, Governor Larry Hogan announced 18 new indictments after a year-long investigation into a wide-spread smuggling ring in Jessup.
According to the indictments cell phones, drugs and weapons were all brought into the Jessup Correctional Institute with the help of two correctional officers.
Governor Hogan says the ring involved six inmates,
10 outside facilitators and two veteran correctional officers.
According to the indictment 38-year-old Phillipe Jordan, Jr. of Owings Mills and 34-year-old Warren Wright of Baltimore.
The pair, has a combined 30 years of experience.
The Governor says, "Today's announcement follows an extensive year-long investigation spanning five jurisdictions and using wire taps to recover drugs and guns."
Stephen Moyer, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Corrections says, "This fuels prison violence by creating an illicit narcotics market."
Since the investigation begin in 2015 the Jesup prison population has decreased with 240 few were inmates, yet reported assaults have more than doubled.
Moyer says, "You have people doing life plus for murder in here that are facilitating operations outside of here by using cell phones."
Moyer says the contraband is getting more difficult to detect. "Take a closer look at those cell phones," he says, "look at the quarter, look at the chapstick next to that, that is the size of cell phones being smuggled in here and that's facilitiating contraband coming in."
Charges include conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substance is, smuggling, bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery. The officers face additional charges of misconduct in office.
The Governor says, "We will not let depraved criminal behavior of the few tarnish the great work of the other nearly 6,000 dedicated officers who are honest hard working and who serve the citizens of our state with distinction each and every day."