Former Corrections Officer Associated with the “Black Guerilla Family” Gang Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Heroin in Prison

Admits to Smuggling Cellphones into Prison for the BGF

November 12, 2009

BALTIMORE, Maryland - Former state corrections officer Terry Robe, age 26, of Glen Burnie, Maryland pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute heroin in connection with a scheme to smuggle drugs and cell phones into Maryland prisons on behalf of the “Black Guerilla Family” (BGF) gang, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

“Federal authorities are working with state and local officials to target anyone who smuggles cell phones into prisons, where they allow criminals to reach beyond prison walls to order witness murders and other crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to court documents, BGF is active in numerous prison facilities in Maryland, including the Metropolitan Transition Center (MTC) in Baltimore. According to Robe’s plea agreement, Robe conspired with others from 2008 until April 2009 to distribute heroin at the MTC where she was a corrections officer. Law enforcement agents monitoring conspirators’ cell phones overheard Robe discuss smuggling contraband into MTC. Maryland corrections officials, alerted by DEA agents who were monitoring inmate contraband cellphone conversations, searched Robe on March 18, 2009 and found her to be smuggling two cellphones into MTC on behalf of an inmate. Robe was helping to traffic drugs on behalf of BGF.

Court documents indicate that Robe was fired after she was caught attempting to smuggle a cellular phone into MTC.

Robe faces a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. scheduled sentencing for February 5, 2010.

Three other former Department of Correction employees previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy. Asia Burrus, age 23 and Musheerah Habeebullah, age 27, both former corrections officers, are scheduled to be sentenced on December 7, 2009 and January 7, 2010, respectively. Takevia Smith, age 24, a former kitchen worker, is scheduled to be sentenced on January 6, 2010.

Mr. Rosenstein praised Secretary Gary D. Maynard and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski and the Drug Enforcement Administration; Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III and the Baltimore City Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy and her office, especially Assistant State’s Attorneys Antonio Gioia, Melissa Copeland and Rebecca Cox, for their work in the investigation and prosecution of this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case. Mr. Rosenstein also thanked the Baltimore County Police Department and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation for their assistance in this case.

Mr. Rosenstein also thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys James T. Wallner and Clinton Fuchs, who are prosecuting the case.



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