As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 651 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
1) On April 6, 2014, visitor Karen Scott attempted to enter Burruss Correctional Training Center when an officer noticed that visitor Scott was wearing two shirts and had odd bulge in the chest area. When the officer asked visitor Scott to lift up her shirt, a white, rocky-like substance wrapped in clear plastic fell to the floor. When asked if she had anything else on her, she pulled out some tobacco. Officers conducted a search of her vehicle and a .380 was found. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department was contacted and visitor Scott was arrested.
2) On April 5, 2014, a Lieutenant discovered a green minivan was left unsecured in the parking lot at Telfair State Prison. A small bag of marijuana was left in plain sight inside a pocketbook inside the vehicle. The Telfair County Sheriff's Department was contacted. Telfair deputies searched the vehicle and found that the vehicle was owned by Adeline Green. Visitor Green's pocketbook was search further and another container of marijuana was found. A total of 33 grams of marijuana was found in her pocketbook. Visitor Green was escorted out of the visitation room at Telfair State prison and was searched. No other contraband was found on her person. Visitor Green was arrested by the Telfair County Sheriff's Department for brining marijuana across the guard line.
3) On April 4, 2014, a Tattnall County deputy conducted a traffic stop of civilian George Gibbs after he turned around in the canning plant at Rogers State Prison. Civilian Gibbs consented to a search. A black bag containing four cell phones was found. Civilian Gibbs admitted that the phones were for an inmate at Rogers State Prison. He was arrested by the Tattnall 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.