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 643 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
1) On March 23, 2014 at Smith State Prison, staff became aware of a suspicious vehicle that was traveling back and forth just outside the prison grounds, on Highway 301. Glennville Police Department was notified and they conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle. The driver, Justin Wayne Clark, and his vehicle were searched. Glennville PD found marijuana, methamphetamine and needles in Clark's vehicle. Clark was arrested by the Glennville Police Department and later Clark advised that he had dropped someone off and this person was supposed to throw footballs over the fence of Smith State Prison. Glennville PD questioned a person of suspicion, Nicholas Alan Bales, outside of a convenience store nearby. Bales stated he was unable to throw the footballs over the fence of Smith State Prison so he discarded the footballs in an undisclosed area. A search of the grounds was conducted by the K-9 Unit, but no contraband was found on the property. Suspect Bales eventually led investigators to the location of the package. The contraband was retrieved and the three footballs contained $636 in cash, one remote control drone helicopter, 35 grams of methamphetamine, 28 grams of marijuana, 2.38 lbs. of tobacco, and 27 cell phones. Both Clark and Bales were arrested by the Gwinnett Police Department.
2) On March 19, 2014 at Smith State Prison, K-9 alerted on a vehicle belonging to Officer Thomas Lee. A search was conducted and five bundles (six ounces) of methamphetamine was found in the trunk of the car, seven packages of marijuana (totaling 1.2 pounds) and two packages of tobacco (totaling 6.5 pounds) was found on his person. The contraband was concealed under a belly band around Officer Lee's waist. Officer Lee was arrested by the Glennville Police Department.
3) On March 18, 2014, a random search utilizing the K-9 Unit was conducted in the parking lot of Dooly State Prison. The K-9 alerted on a vehicle belonging to Cadet Bil'Torris Granville. A search was conducted and .025 ounces of marijuana was found within a hidden compartment of a soda can in the vehicle. Cadet Granville was terminated and arrested by the Dooly County Sheriff's Department.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.