As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 605 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
1.) On December 17, the Tattnall Co. Sheriff's Office was called to assist a GDC K-9 unit near Rogers State Prison at the entrance to the motor maintenance shop on Ga. Hwy 147. A vehicle stopped at the entrance was occupied by four male passengers, identified as Alexander Frasier, Cameron Littlejohn, Jamal Williams and Rubin J. Dennis. The driver stated he was trying to go in the entrance to the motor maintenance shop but the gate was locked. While removing the subjects from the vehicle, Jamal Williams fled on foot and was captured by K-9 units and Reidsville PD. Fourteen ball shaped packages wrapped in black duct tape were recovered from the pants leg of Williams, and one of them contained 11.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine. A search of the vehicle was conducted and 10 balls of tobacco wrapped with black duct were recovered from the rear floor board. Cameron Littlejohn had a small clear plastic bag containing approximately 0.7 grams of suspected marijuana in his pocket. Tattnall Co. Narcotics Investigators responded and all four men were taken into custody.
2.) On December 21, Officer Dexter Forney was entering the front entrance of Washington State Prison for his shift when the supervisor searching the staff observed a bulge in the front and rear of Officer Forney's mid-section. She notified the shift supervisor and Officer Forney was searched. Officer Forney had two vacuum-sealed packages of tobacco wrapped to his body. Both packages weighed 15.9 ounces. Washington County Sheriff was notified and placed him under arrest for crossing the guard line with prohibited items and Violation of Oath of Public Officer. A search of Officer Forney's vehicle was also conducted and 1.8 pounds of tobacco was recovered.
3.) On December 22 at Autry State Medical Prison, an officer observed visitor Adrienne Jones passing a black taped object to an inmate during visitation. Mitchell County Sheriff's Department was called and Ms. Jones was transported to Mitchell County Justice Center. The object contained tobacco wrapped in a paper towel. The inmate was written a disciplinary report and placed in segregation.
4.) On December 22, civilian Jarrett Eason was seen walking down the road in front of Rogers State Prison with a backpack on. When he was questioned by staff, he dropped the backpack and ran into the woods, but was apprehended a short time later with assistance from K-9, Georgia State Patrol and Tattnall County Deputies. The backpack contained 2 footballs which contained 11 cell phones and 13 ounces of tobacco.
5.) On December 26, at the front entrance of Smith State Prison, staff members noticed a maintenance worker, Stacey Waters, smelled of a strong odor of marijuana. Waters was picking up keys at the front bunker and went to the maintenance shed. Supervisors were notified and went to the maintenance shed. When confronted, Waters admitted to having two marijuana blunts and pulled them out of his boots. A search of Waters' vehicle and maintenance shop was conducted and no other contraband was found. Tattnall co. Sheriff's Department was notified and Waters was arrested.
6.) On December 28, at Autry State Medical Prison, visitor Jimmy Jordan attempted to pass off some tobacco to an inmate during visitation. A Lieutenant noticed the exchange between the visitor and inmate. He then escorted the visitor to the front entry where he consented to be searched. The search resulted in one package of tobacco found on visitor. During this time another Lieutenant confiscated more tobacco from the inmate in the visitation shakedown room. The inmate was placed in administrative segregation. Visitor Jordan was taken into custody by Mitchell County Sheriff's Department. A total of 2.4 pounds of tobacco was recovered.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.