O'Malley Calls Baltimore Jail Indictments A Fight Against Gangs

May 1, 2013

Governor Martin O'Malley
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is casting the recently announced corruption case in a Baltimore jail in a positive light by saying it represents a strong step toward fighting gang crime.

O'Malley described it Tuesday as "a very positive achievement" in the state's fight to dismantle gangs.

The governor says he became aware of an investigation into corruption involving prison guards last spring. He says he told state officials to give federal partners everything they ask for to make the case. O'Malley also says "there are other actions taking place even as I speak."

Federal prosecutors announced the indictments of 25 people last week for plotting to smuggle drugs, cellphones and other contraband into Baltimore's jail and other correctional facilities. The 25 include 13 female correctional officers.