As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 637 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
1) On March 3, 2014 at Johnson State Prison, the K-9 unit was called to do a search on staff. K-9 alerted to Officer Jasmine McClendon. When Officer McClendon was asked to consent to a search of her person, she acted nervous and stated she needed to go to the restroom. Officer McClendon consented to a search. During the search, the officer admitted that she had contraband on her person. The Captain that was conducting the search found two plastic bags containing 3.5oz of tobacco and four packs of rolling papers on Officer McClendon. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office arrested Officer McClendon.
2) On March 5, 2014 at Washington State Prison, a shakedown of Correctional Officers reporting for second shift was being conducted. The Davisboro Police Department was contacted by the facility to be on the lookout for any staff that drove by the facility. Correctional Officer Dartrell Pierce, who was on his way to work, slowed down to turn onto prison property but sped past the facility once he saw that a shakedown was taking place. Officer Pierce returned 10 minutes later. Officer Pierce had a passenger in his car, Officer Kentavian Washington. Once they arrived at the facility, K-9 dogs alerted on the vehicle. When the vehicle was searched, a small bag wrapped in black electric tape was found between the front seats. Officer Pierce and Washington were stripped searched and officers found $1,160 on Officer Washington. The K-9 Handlers, Washington State Prison CERT Team and Davisboro Police Chief went down the road about a mile (on Hwy 24) and found two plastic bags containing cocaine, marijuana and a roll of tape. Officers Pierce and Washington were arrested by the Davisboro Police Department.
3) On March 9, 2014 at Dooly State Prison, information was obtained that Officer Angelia Turner was attempting to bring contraband inside the facility. Her vehicle was searched and officers found four cell phones, one SIM card, one cell phone battery and an inmate's name and ID#. The K-9 Unit was contacted and found 13 Green Dot cards. Officer Turner was arrested by the Dooly 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.