As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 717 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
- On January 24, 2015 at Rogers State Prison, civilian Emanuel Gonzalez was found sitting inside a visitor's car in the parking lot. As staff approached Gonzalez, they smelled marijuana on his person. Both the vehicle and Gonzalez were searched and they discovered a small amount (undetermined weight) of marijuana on his person. Civillian Emanuel Gonzalez was arrested by the Tatnall County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
- On January 25, 2015 at Autry State Prison, the K-9 unit alerted on the driverâ€™s seat of a vehicle driven by visitor Vickey Rhymes Moore. The vehicle was searched and small seeds and other small green pieces that appeared to be marijuana was found inside the center console of the vehicle. Visitor Moore consented to a search and staff discovered two saran wrap balls of marijuana (0.3 ounces) on her person. Visitor Vickey Rhymes Moore was arrested by the Mitchell County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
- On January 25, 2015 at Smith State Prison, staff noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the womenâ€™s restroom. Staff entered the restroom and asked visitor Madeleine Mosley for the contents in her hand. Visitor Mosley handed staff a bag of Sour Patch Kids candy. The bag contained 7 grams of marijuana. Visitor Madeleine Mosley was arrested by the Glennville Police Department.
- On January 26, 2015 at Smith State Prison, staff noticed something hidden in the pants of Amy Kicklighter, a teacher at Smith State Prison, while she was in the parking lot. Kicklighter was searched and the following items were found on her person: a bundle of tobacco (approximately 8 ounces) and 62 capsules of heroine. Kicklighter was arrested by the Glennville Police Department.
- On January 26, 2015 at Macon State Prison, Officer Charleston Brown began acting suspicious as the K-9 unit came on-site. Officer Brown wanted to go back to his car, stating that he had left it unlocked. Upon suspicions, staff searched Officer Brownâ€™s vehicle and found 2.4 grams of marijuana, a small marijuana grinder, one marijuana pipe, two notes with information of what to bring into the institution, two cellphones and a state lock. Officer Brown was also searched but no contraband was found on his person. Officer Brown was terminated and arrested by the Macon 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.