Contraband Arrests at GDC Facilities

**MORE THAN 585 CIVILIANS AND 111 STAFF MEMBERS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED TO DATE FOR ATTEMPTING TO INTRODUCE CONTRABAND INTO GDC FACILITIES.**

1) On May 6, 2013 at Wilcox State Prison, an officer observed Officer Matthew Kangas go into the control room bathroom and came out with his shirt tail out. The officer went into the bathroom and observed loose tobacco on the floor. The officer notified the Shift Lieutenant who then checked the control room bathroom. The Lieutenant found 3.25 oz of tobacco in the trash can. When questioned, Officer Kangas admitted he had been paid $300 on a green dot card by an inmate to bring in the tobacco. Officer Kangas was arrested by the Abbeville Police Department and was taken to the Wilcox County Jail.

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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