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3rd Correctional Officer Sentenced In Contraband Smuggling Prison Scandal

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Another correctional officer has been sentenced for smuggling contraband to members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang inside the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Jasmine Thornton, 26, of Glen Burnie, was sentenced to 32 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for racketeering conspiracy.

Thornton is the third correctional officer to be sentenced in the conspiracy.  Correctional officers Taryn Kirkland, 23, and Adrena Rice, 26, both of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced in January, each to 42 months in prison.

According to her plea agreement, Thornton worked as a correctional officer at BCDC and Central Bbooking from 2007 to 2013.  She had a personal and sexual relationship with one of the leaders of the BGF inmates at BCDC.  Thornton smuggled large quantities of contraband, including marijuana, tobacco and prescription pills, into BCDC on behalf of the BGF leader and other BGF leaders, including Steve Loney and Tavon White. Thornton also warned inmates of impending searches by prison officers.

Six other correctional officers have pleaded guilty to the racketeering conspiracy and await sentencing.

BGF leader White, 36, and BGF commander Loney, 24, also pleaded guilty to the racketeering enterprise.  Loney was sentenced Jan. 14 to nine years in prison. White awaits his sentencing.

Tyrone Thompson, 46, who admitted to supplying prescription pills that were smuggled into the jail, will be sentenced Thursday morning.

The investigation is continuing.

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