Organized Crime

Inmate at center of gang-led corruption scandal at Baltimore jail sentenced to 12 years

This undated handout photo provided by the Anne Arundel County Police Department shows Tavon White, who prosecutors say oversaw a drug smuggling operation inside the Baltimore City Detention Center and used contraband cellphones to direct gang activity on the streets. White is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Baltimore, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, after pleading guilty to participating in the racketeering conspiracy. (AP Photo/Anne Arundel County Police Department)

This undated handout photo provided by the Anne Arundel County Police Department shows Tavon White, who prosecutors say oversaw a drug smuggling operation inside the Baltimore City Detention Center and used contraband cellphones to direct gang activity on the streets. White is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Baltimore, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, after pleading guilty to participating in the racketeering conspiracy. (AP Photo/Anne Arundel County Police Department)  (The Associated Press)

The gang member who prosecutors say dealt drugs, impregnated four guards and oversaw a drug-smuggling operation while incarcerated at a Baltimore jail has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Tavon White used contraband cellphones while in the Baltimore City Detention Center to direct gang activity on the streets.

White recently testified against five corrections officers, a kitchen worker and two inmates who authorities say helped White run the operation. Last week, five of them were found guilty in the scheme and three were acquitted after a two-month trial.

White testified as part of a plea deal for a reduced sentence. The 37-year-old has pleaded guilty to participating in the racketeering conspiracy.

White was sentenced Monday in federal court in Baltimore.