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.
- 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 Sheriffâ€™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 Sheriffâ€™s Department.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.