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Former Md. Correctional Officer Sentenced for Running Crips Gang, Contraband Smuggling

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BALTIMORE- A former Maryland correctional officer has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for various gang and contraband offenses.

According to the Maryland Attorney General's Office, earlier this year 33-year-old Antoine Fordham pleaded guilty to conspiracy to establish and entrench a gang, participating in a criminal gang, committing a felonious hate crime, soliciting assault in the first-degree, misconduct in office, and possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.  

Judge William C. Mulford, II of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County sentenced Fordham to 35 years behind bars, with all but 20 years suspended. 

Fordham had been employed by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services as a correctional officer sergeant while at the same time acting as a gang leader for the Eight-Tray Crips, prosecutors said. 

Fordham used his position as a correctional officer to promote and enrich the Crips gang by means of contraband smuggling and violence inside prison facilities, according to prosecutors. 

Prosecutors said that in his capacity as a Crips leader, Fordham oversaw gang members both inside and outside of the facilities, using the prison’s phone system and contraband cellphones.  Fordham would use information from incarcerated gang members to authorize violence and assign gang members to carry out attacks against other individuals. 

A search warrant executed at Fordham’s home revealed an assault rifle and handgun, synthetic marijuana, and multiple handwritten Crips manifestos detailing the history of the Eight-Tray Crips, as well as their rules, sanctions, and organizational structures, according to prosecutors. 

Fordham’s sentencing marks the conclusion of the lengthy investigation and prosecution of this conspiracy, according to prosecutors. Twenty-five additional people were convicted for their roles in the contraband conspiracy or the gang.  Among those convicted include Phillipe Jordan, another correctional officer who pled guilty to smuggling items into Maryland correctional facilities.

“Antoine Fordham abused his position as a correctional officer to benefit himself and other violent members of the Crips gang,” said Attorney General Brian E. Frosh.  “The joint effort to investigate and prosecute this dangerous criminal helped dismantle his operation and bring about a significant sentence, behind bars this time.”

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