Multi-State Gang Put Prison Guards To Work As Drug Smugglers in Virginia

By Seth Ferranti 11/10/16

The guards will face charges of smuggling cocaine, cellphones, and heroin to various incarcerated gang members.

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Multi-State Gang Put Prison Guards To Work As Drug Smugglers in Virginia

Federal authorities in Virginia have charged 20 members and associates of the Mad Stone Bloods (MSB), a multi-state gang operating out of New York, with drug trafficking both in and out of prison.

Three former prison guards and a counselor who worked for the Department of Corrections have been charged along with the gang members in a wide-ranging criminal indictment that accuses the gang of racketeering, attempted murder, fraud, robbery and selling drugs. The guards are facing charges of bringing in cocaine, cellphones, heroin and other contraband items to the gang members at three Virginia penitentiaries over the last decade

According to the indictment, “Shaunda Rochelle Jones, aka Lady Stone, 20, and Jaymese Jenee Jones, aka Precious Stone, 20, both of Farmville, Virginia, and a third defendant were employees of the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) who allegedly conspired to smuggle controlled substances into prison facilities and deliver the drugs to other MSB gang members for use and distribution within the Virginia prisons.  

A fourth former DOC employee who worked as inmate counselor has been charged in a related case for smuggling contraband items to an incarcerated MSB gang leader with whom she was engaged in a sexual relationship.”

This indictment comes on the heels of last month's indictments in Maryland, where more than 50 inmates and guards were charged in a massive bribery and drug ring. 2013’s massive Black Guerrilla Family case was also centered in Maryland’s state prison system, where several guards were convicted of bringing in drugs to gang members, having sex with them, and smuggling in other contraband items like smartphones. The Mad Stone Bloods are just the latest in a long line of gangs that have attempted to generate money off the prison drug trade.

The conspiracy played out at Greensville, Lawrenceville and Buckingham correctional centers in southern Virginia. Guards at the prisons helped leaders of the MSB bring in drugs by using their positions as correctional institution personnel.

The guards met with gang members in Petersburg, Virginia to get cocaine, crack and marijuana to sell in the prisons. The feds accused the MSB of committing armed robberies, drug trafficking and homicides to enrich themselves and maintain their criminal enterprise and interests in Virginia.

The gang is known to operate across the eastern half of the United States from Connecticut to Texas. The gang leaders responsible for corrupting the prison guards include Michael “Ducatti Black” Dove, Terrance “War” Brown, and Corey “Mr. Hardhead” Owens.

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After landing on the US Marshals Top-15 Most Wanted list and being sentenced to a 25 year sentence in federal prison for a first-time, nonviolent LSD offense, Seth built a writing and journalism career from his cell block. His raw portrayals of prison life and crack era gangsters graced the pages of Don DivaHoopshype and VICE. From prison he established Gorilla Convict, a true-crime publisher and website that documents the stories that the mainstream media can’t get with books like Prison Stories and Street Legends. His story has been covered by The Washington PostThe Washington Times, and Rolling Stone.

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