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


1) On April 28, 2012, Visitor Rachel Bailey was arrested for bringing contraband into Calhoun State Prison while visiting an inmate. Thirty (30) balloons of tobacco were found in the visiting restroom and six (6) balloons of tobacco were found in her pocket. After a search of her vehicle, one (1) pack of Bulgar tobacco, two (2) knives and a cell phone that might hold some intel were found. Bailey was taken to the Calhoun County Jail.

2) On April 28, 2012, a Rogers State Prison Officer stopped a black Chevrolet pickup for failure to maintain lane. Consent was given to search the vehicle. A search was conducted and 119 bags of tobacco, six (6) packs of cigars and ten (10) packages of suspected six (6) ounces of marijuana were found. Civilian William Culbert and Civilian Darrin Butler were arrested.

3) On April 29, 2012, during a routine visitor vehicle search, GDC Canine dogs alerted Officers to the vehicle of Pearline Woodson. A search was conducted; no drugs were found, however the visitor was acting very suspicious. During questioning, Woodson admitted to having contraband on her person and further stated that another visitor who was already inside gave her the contraband to bring in. Visitor Alonaka Price was questioned and admitted to having contraband on her person as well. Woodson surrendered two (2) plastic bags containing a half ounce of cocaine and 43 ecstasy pills. Price surrendered a potato chip bag containing 3/10 ounce of marijuana, 7/10 ounce of crack cocaine and 40 ecstasy pills. Woodson and Price were arrested by the Telfair County Sheriff's Office.

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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