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Contraband Arrests at GDC Facilities

As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 375 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state. ​​​​​​


1) On August 29, 2012, Maintenance Employee Alonzo Macklin attempted to enter the back gate at Riverbend Correctional Facility with four (4) cellphones and Hilti gun ammunition (40 rounds). Macklin's vehicle was searched and officers found the following: one (1) dollar bill, one (1) green dot card, a tobacco receipt, nine (9) grams of marijuana, 66 grams of tobacco, six (6) bags individually wrapped tobacco, a Pawn Shop receipt, seven (7) cellphone chargers, three (3) smartphones, one (1) PCS phone with battery, three (3) HTC batteries, four (4) palm cellphone batteries, two (2) cellphone boxes, one (1) Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix (2.7 oz), and 11 bottles of beer (12 oz). Employee Macklin was arrested by the Milledgeville City Police.

2) On September 1, 2012, a suspicious vehicle driven by Civilian Brandon Foster was stopped by the Nichols Police Department after Coffee Correctional Facility noticed it driving repeatedly by the facility. Officers found a football containing 30 cellphones and over two (2) pounds of tobacco. Civilian Foster was arrested by the Nichols Police Department.

3) On September 3, 2012, Civilians China Wells, Valencia Lawrence and Misty Ellison were arrested after the Blackshear Police Department conducted a traffic stop due to suspicious activity near a mobile construction site. During the search officers found, 68 packs of tobacco and one (1) ounce of marijuana. Civilians Wells, Lawrence and Ellison admitted they were on their way to drop off the contraband at the construction site for the Ware State Prison inmate work detail.

4) On September 3, 2012, Visitor Maria Kaye Monington could not clear the metal detector at Washington State Prison. After officers conducted a search of her person, less than an ounce of marijuana and tobacco along with one (1) cellphone was found. Visitor Monington was arrested by the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

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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