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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 675 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.

  1. On July 13, 2014 at Hancock State Prison, staff observed an inmate placing an object along the right side of his trousers. Staff conducted a search on the inmate and discovered two slits along the sides of his pants of which contained four cigars. A further search of the inmate's lunch table was conducted; six cigars and two packs of cigarette rolling paper were found hidden inside a chip bag belonging to the inmate. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department was notified and deputies conducted a search of the inmate's visitor, Laquita Banks. During the search, deputies confiscated 20 cigars which were found in the seat cushions where visitor Banks was sitting. Deputies also conducted a search of visitor Banks' vehicle. The following items were confiscated, one iPhone, one LG cell phone, two chargers, one Green Dot MoneyPak, and a receipt describing the following purchased items: two (emptied) boxes of Joker cigarette papers, one (emptied) box of Black & Mild cigarettes and one (emptied) box of Black & Mild Wine cigars, with all pipe tips removed from the cigars. Visitor Banks was arrested by the Hancock 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.

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