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 614 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
1) On January 9, 2014, LT James Waters of the Reidsville Police Department conducted a traffic stop after noticing the vehicle's passenger tail light was broken. As the LT approached the vehicle, he noticed there were two grocery bags with packaged tobacco on the passenger floor board in plain view. Civilians Tamesha Rhi, Amber Evans and Nicholas Johnson were arrested. The grocery bags contained 170 packages of tobacco, 10 double rolls of electrical tape, two packs of rolling papers, three smart phones and two flip phones. Additionally, civilian Rhi had a small amount of tobacco on her person. The contraband was intended for a drop on Roger State Prison's dairy farm.
2) On January 12, 2014 at Washington State Prison, visitor Nadia Omar Salah was observed pulling an object from her clothing and placing the object inside a chip bag. Staff searched the bag and found a small black package containing approximately a quarter ounce of marijuana. A search of visitor Salah's vehicle was conducted and officers found an open bottle of alcohol and crack cocaine. The Davisboro Police Department was notified and arrested visitor Salah.
3) On January 12, 2014, Reidsville Police Department Officer Michael Jarrell conducted a traffic stop near Rogers State Prison. The driver, Dan Glaze, and the passenger, David Glaze, consented to a search of the vehicle. Officers found a plastic bag in the back seat which contained 12 large packages of tobacco, 11 flip phones, two smart phones, two voice recorders, 10 phone chargers, one set of digital scales and three packages of marijuana. Both Dan Glaze and David Glaze were placed under arrest by the Reidsville Police Department. Items were intended for a drop at a Rogers State Prison detail.
4) On January 12, 2014, a GDC K-9 handler observed a vehicle turning around at a convenient store across from Georgia State Prison. The vehicle then began to drive very slowly and turned onto Cedar Haw Road. With the assistance of the Tattnall County Sheriff's Office a stop was made. The driver, civilian Kelvin Heath, and the passenger, William Brock, consented to a search of the vehicle. Officers found a black cloth bag under the passenger seat. The bag contained 41 packages of loose smoking tobacco. Both Heath and Brock admitted that they were attempting to drop off the contraband for an inmate at Rogers State Prison. Heath and Brock were arrested by the Tattnall 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.