He was known as Bulldog or Tay to other Members of the Black Guerilla Family doing time inside the Baltimore City Detention Center.
The Family was the dominant gang at the detention center and in several connected facilities, including the Baltimore Central Booking Intake Center, the Women’s Detention Center, which also houses many men, and in the Jail Industries Building.
Bulldog, 37, has admitted being a member of the Black Guerilla Family since 2000 and was in pretrial custody at the detention center from 2009 to 2013. He rose to the rank of lieutenant commander of the BGF at the lockup and then became the commander in 2011.
Contraband smuggling operation
During his years at the detention center, Bulldog was involved with and often directed the smuggling of contraband into the facility. The swag included cell phones, tobacco and drugs. Correctional officers often helped and received payments, gifts or a share of the profits for their assistance. Fellow BGF inmates and co-defendants also were involved in smuggling and often worked together with Bulldog.
Black Guerilla Family members and friends outside the facility were also involved in the smuggling.
Bulldog has also admitted that he personally had sexual relationships with and impregnated four correctional officers.
44 defendants charged
In all, 44 defendants have been charged in crimes at the Baltimore City Detention Center, including 24 correctional officers. Forty of the 44 defendants have been convicted. Thirty-five defendants pleaded guilty, eight defendants went to trial and one defendant has died.
Bulldog, officially known as Tavon White, sometimes called Tay, was sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for racketeering.
White also pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted murder, for which he received a sentence of 20 years in prison to be served concurrently.
This case was investigated by the Maryland Prison Task Force, formed in 2011. The task force met regularly for over three years, generating recommendations to reform prison procedures and producing leads that have been pursued by law enforcement. Investigations are continuing.