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 661 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
- On May 8, 2014 at Valdosta State Prison, staff was notified of an officer that was acting suspicious while on duty. Officer Cedric Wesley was reported to have been giving breaks to employees who did not want to take breaks. Upon further suspicion, staff then followed Officer Wesley as he entered into a mop closet. Upon entrance, staff immediately noticed a bag of loose tobacco, weighing approximately one ounce. Upon picking up the bag of tobacco, staff noticed the bag was warm, as if it had recently been held against a body. Officer Wesley was escorted from the unit and denied the tobacco was brought into the facility by him, but later admitting that he had brought the contraband into the facility. Officer Wesley was immediately terminated from the Department and arrested by the Lowndes County Sheriffâ€™s Office.
- On May 10, 2014 at Baldwin State Prison, a staff member observed a black bag lying on the perimeter road of the facility. Assistance was called and the staff then noticed a male running away from the prison with a red bag in his possession. The K-9 tracked the suspect through the woods into a neighborhood just behind the prison. The suspect, Daminyona McMath, was found and later arrested by the Baldwin County Police Department. The red bag that the suspect was witnessed carrying contained three touch screen phones, eleven flip phones, eleven chargers, three large bundles of an undetermined amount of tobacco, and seven packages of bugler wrapping paper.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.