As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 418 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
1) On November 10, 2012, a Montgomery State Prison Officer was leaving the facility when he noticed a suspicious person, dressed in black clothing, walking on the side of Georgia HWY 56 near the chicken house area. A Montgomery SP Sergeant and two officers approached the individual. Officers found contraband in the immediate area of the chicken houses. The contraband consisted of 115 packs of Bugler tobacco, eight (8) pre-rolled small articles of marijuana, 12 hand sized bundles of marijuana, 10 white pills, 10 cans of smokeless tobacco and two (2) rolls of black electrical tape. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department was contacted and arrested Civilian Terrance Adams.
2) On November 11, 2012, a Telfair State Prison officer was watching the visitation video monitor and noticed an inmate eating from a potato chip bag. The officer noticed that the objects going into the inmate's mouth did not appear to be chips. The officer notified the supervisor and the inmate we escorted out of the visitation area. The inmate refused to hand over the bag and swallowed the contents of the bag. During this time, another inmate retrieved a candy package from the inmate's visitor, Ashley Louis, and put it in the trash can inside the visitation area. The trash was immediately collected and searched. The candy wrapper was found and contained eight (8) small balloons of marijuana. The Helena Police Department was contacted and visitor Louis was arrested.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.