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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 596 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.

1) On December 5, 2013 at Johnson State Prison, Officer Johnny Sampson was witnessed smoking inside the facility. When Officer Sampson was questioned, he denied the allegations. Officer Sampson consented to a search and officers found a slip of paper inside his sock with a phone number. A search of Officer Sampson's vehicle was conducted and officers found one clear bag containing marijuana and a cigar rolled with marijuana. The Johnson County Sheriff's Department was called and Officer Sampson was arrested.

2) On December 6, 2013, Smith State Prison Officer Dewitt Moore was not able to clear the metal detector successfully. After the third attempt, Officers conducted a thorough visual inspection. Officers instructed Officer Moore to unbutton his shirt and the officer complied. Officers found two large air-sealed packages strapped to Officer Moore's torso area. Both packages contained 16 ounces of marijuana. Officer Moore's vehicle was searched and officers found one bottle of Parrot Bay alcohol and one bottle of Wild Irish Rose alcohol. Officer Moore was arrested by the Glennville Police Department.

3) On December 6, 2013 at Telfair State Prison, as staff were entering the prison for briefing, the assigned portal Sergeant smelled what she thought was marijuana. Before Officer Christopher Banfield was searched, he walked out of the entry building and dropped something on the ground. This was witnessed by several staff members. The item dropped was retrieved and it was found to contain 3 ounces of marijuana. Officer Banfield was arrested by the Telfair County Sheriff's Office.

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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