Alarm Alerts Staff to Drug-Carrying Drone at Autry State Prison

Commissioner: 
Gregory C. Dozier
Director of Public Affairs: 
Joan Heath
Contact Name: 
Kasandra Ortiz
Contact Number: 
478-992-5248
Contact Email: 
Kasandra.Ortiz@gdc.ga.gov
Date: 
December 6, 2017
Georgia

Alarm Alerts Staff to Drug-Carrying Drone at Autry State Prison  

Contraband recovered

FORSYTH, Ga. -- On December 4 at 11:53 p.m., the DroneTracker alarm, a newly piloted system, at Autry State Prison (SP) sounded. While there was no sighting of a drone by staff; an inner and outer sweep of the facility was conducted and officers recovered two packages containing a large amount of marijuana left behind by the drone.

“As we continue to remain diligent at preventing contraband from entering our facilities, technological devices like the Drone Tracker assist us in our efforts,” said Commissioner Gregory C. Dozier. “Even though contraband drops are becoming more and more creative, the dedication of our officers has remained steadfast in their fight to against contraband.

An investigation has been launched into this incident by the agency’s Office of Professional Standards, which is standard procedure for all drone contraband seizures. 

The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees.

For more information on the GDC call 478-992-5248 or visit http://www.gdc.ga.gov.

Contraband from drone recovered by Autry State Prison officers

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