Contraband Arrests at GDC Facilities
On Saturday, July 9, 2011, Sariesa Foreman was arrested by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. Upon leaving visitation with an inmate at Jefferson County Correctional Institution, officers observed her throwing a bag over the facility's fence, which contained 12 packs of tobacco.
On Thursday, July 14, 2011, former inmate Donald Crowly and Rayette Guidotti were arrested near Rogers State Prison in Reidsville by the Tattnall County Sheriff's Office. A vehicle search was conducted and authorities found measuring and kitchen spoons, 19 syringes, baking soda, 30 pills and electrical tape. A search was also conducted near the prison and officers found 19 packs of tobacco, cigarette lighters and electrical tape.
On Friday, July 15, 2011, Officer Theodis Martin was arrested at Ware State Prison in Waycross by the Ware County Sheriff's Office. Martin failed to clear the metal detector upon arriving for work and a search uncovered cell phones and marijuana in his possession and additional cell phones in his vehicle. He was attempting to bring the items into the facility for an inmate.
On Tuesday, July 19, 2011, Officer Willie Warthen was arrested at Hancock State Prison in Sparta by the Hancock Sheriff's Office. A vehicle search was conducted and marijuana was found.
On Sunday, July 24, 2011, Ashley York was arrested by the Baxley Police Department. She dropped off three packs of tobacco in an area where she knew her husband, who is housed at Appling Pre Release Center in Baxley, would be working.
On Sunday, July 24, 2011, Michael Boocer was arrested at Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe by the Macon County Sheriff's Department. He attempted to bring marijuana into the facility for an inmate.
On Sunday, July 24, 2011, Tevin Cliett was arrested at Smith State Prison in Glennville for giving balloons of drugs to an inmate during visitation.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.