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Correctional Officers Indicted

BALTIMORE, MD (November 30, 2017) – Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen T. Moyer joined Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today
in announcing the indictments of 26 defendants after a nearly year-long, multi-agency investigation
of gang activity in Maryland correctional facilities.

Charges in the indictments include attempted first-degree murder, gang participation, drug distribution, smuggling of contraband into prison facilities, and misconduct in office. The investigation was led by the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS).
The initial target of the investigation was Correctional Officer Sergeant Antoine Fordham.
Fordham is a high-ranking member of the 8-Trey Crips street gang. The 8-Trey Crips is a Crips
set that operates inside Baltimore City and in several Maryland counties both inside Maryland
correctional facilities and on the street. In his position, Fordham oversaw much of the 8-Trey
Crips’ drug dealing and other illicit activities near the intersections of Frankford Avenue and
Sinclair Lane in Baltimore City. Fordham and other members of the gang authorized and/or
committed acts of violence including shootings and assaults to protect the gang’s turf and to
maintain discipline within the gang.

The investigation grew to include additional gang members and other co-conspirators who
together were running a large-scale, contraband-delivery operation in several Maryland
correctional facilities, including Jessup Correctional Institution and Maryland Correctional
Institution – Jessup, as well as other facilities. Incarcerated members of the gang used contraband
cellular phones and Maryland’s prison phone system to arrange times and locations for outside
facilitators, who acquired the contraband items, to meet and exchange payment and the
contraband to the other co-conspirators who would actually bring the items into the correctional
facilities. Two of the indicted co-conspirators who brought the items into the facility are
Fordham and another correctional officer, Phillipe Jordan. Ten of the other indicted co-
conspirators are outside facilitators and include the mothers of three of the inmates. While some
payments for the contraband were made in cash, the majority of payments were made using

“Gangs are a blight on any community in which they operate,” said Attorney General Frosh. “As
members of the 8-Trey Crips gang, Fordham and Jordan betrayed their positions of trust by
organizing and assisting the import of violence, drugs, and other contraband into the prison
system where order is paramount to keeping inmates and staff safe.”

The gang perpetrated violence inside the jails as well. During the course of the investigation,
Crips leaders, including Fordham, ordered an attack on an incarcerated former Crips member
because he was discovered to be homosexual, a violation of the gang’s code. The victim was
stabbed more than 30 times, but survived. In addition, two other co-conspirators were involved
in a physical altercation with correctional officers who were trying to seize contraband, including
drugs, that investigators learned had been delivered to the inmates the day before as part of the
contraband-delivery operation.

“When elected, Governor Larry Hogan pledged to expose misconduct and corruption in the state
correctional system,” said DPSCS Secretary Stephen T. Moyer. “Today is another down
payment on that pledge sending a clear message to anyone who engages in criminal behavior that
we will find you, arrest you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”

“This case, through the investigation and subsequent indictments, search warrants, and arrests,
shows that the DEA is dedicated to not only investigating and dismantling large scale drug
trafficking organizations, but also cases where the distribution includes inmates and correctional
officers,” said Don Hibbert, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement
Administration Baltimore District Office. “DEA, with our federal, state and local partners, will
continue to go wherever the case takes us, whether that be overseas, in the streets of Baltimore,
or even in the prison system.”

Penalties faced by members of the conspiracy range from three years to life imprisonment.
In making today’s announcement, Attorney General Frosh thanked Organized Crime Chief Katie
Dorian, Assistant Attorneys General Dennis Clark and Zachary Norfolk, and former Assistant
Attorney General Melissa Hoppmeyer. Attorney General Frosh also thanked the many law
enforcement agencies and prosecuting agencies who assisted in the investigation, including the
Drug Enforcement Administration Baltimore District Office, the Department of Public Safety
and Correctional Services, Baltimore City Police Department, the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Anne Arundel
County Sheriff’s Office, the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Police, the
United States Marshals Service, the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, the
Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, and
the Office of the State Prosecutor.

A criminal indictment is merely an accusation of wrongdoing, and a defendant is presumed
innocent until the State proves the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.