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 687 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
On August 25, 2014, a traffic stop was conducted on a suspicious vehicle driven by Kendrica Brown in the area of the UGA Research Facility, which is operated with inmates from Rogers State Prison. She was questioned as to why she was in the area and stated she had dropped off a male in the area, known only as â€œOctavousâ€ and gave officers his cell phone number. GDC K-9 officers tracked the subject to the research facility and recovered three black socks containing 59 packages of tobacco, weighing approximately two pounds, 41 packages of marijuana, weighing approximately 22 ounces, one package of rolling papers, and six rolls of electrical tape. Probationer Booker Octavier Grier was located a few miles from the facility by investigators and identified as the male dropped off by Brown. He was arrested by Toombs County Sherriffâ€™s Office and charged with Possession of drugs with intent to distribute and items prohibited by the Warden. Kendrica Brown was arrested by the Tattnall County Sheriff's Department for possession of drugs with intent to distribute and items prohibited by the Warden.
- On August 26, 2014, Correctional Officer Jovan Smith reported for work at Ware State Prison. As he entered the prison, an odor of marijuana was detected and following a search of the administrative area where he was assigned, a small bag of marijuana was found. He was arrested and transported to the Ware County Jail.
- On August 31, 2014, Central State Prison K-9 units alerted on the vehicle driven by visitor Brenda Davis. During a search of the vehicle, prescriptions of ibuprofen, hydrocodone, and liquid morphine that belonged to her brother and deceased mother were found in the vehicle. Five cellphones were also found in the vehicle. Bibb County Sheriffs Department placed Mrs. Davis under arrest for crossing the guard line with a controlled substance.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.