Contraband Arrests at GDC Facilities

1-On Saturday, March 19, 2011, Correctional Officer Brock Thrift was arrested at Ware State Prison in Waycross. He had marijuana, cell phones and pornographic movies in his possession. The Ware County Sheriff's Office assisted.

2 - On Tuesday, March 22, 2011, Shamika Carswell and Alexander Bell were arrested by the Reidsville Police Department. They were at the airport around a building where inmates from Rogers State Prison in Reidsville were working. Carswell and Bell had 50 packs of tobacco, marijuana and cigars in their possession. It was also discovered that an inmate was communicating by cell phone with Carswell and Bell before their arrest.

3 - On Thursday, March 24, 2011, Probationer Joseph Whitehead was arrested at Valdosta State Prison in Valdosta. Officers observed him throwing packages that contained cell phones and tobacco onto prison property. The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office assisted.

4 - On Saturday, March 26, 2011, Parolee Kenneth Gandy was arrested at Valdosta State Prison in Valdosta. Officers observed him throwing packages that contained marijuana, cell phones and tobacco onto prison property. The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office assisted.

The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.

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