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


1) On September 16, 2012, Visitor Shanquette Toney was arrested for bringing drugs across the guardline at Calhoun State Prison. Less than 1 oz. was found in her person. She was arrested by the Calhoun County Sheriff Office.

2) On September 16, 2012 Civilians Christopher Overton and Jaquan Walls were arrested by the Reidsville Police Department near Rogers State Prison. During a traffic stop near the prison, a package of seven cell phones and charges were found with Methamphetamine. Upon questioning, Walls admitted to leaving tobacco near another DOC location. Investigators found 7.5 lbs. of tobacco and 19 packages of rolling papers at the described location.

3) On September 21, 2012, Civilian Tavarus Montez Carter was arrested by the Coffee County Sheriff�s Department after he was seen throwing contraband over the fence at Coffee Correctional Facility. The contraband included 37 cell phones, four chargers and a large quantity of tobacco.

4) On September 23, 2012, Visitor Ashley Beard was arrested following visitation at Ware State Prison, where she admitted to giving the inmate she visited 1.5 oz. of tobacco. She was arrested by the Ware County Sheriff�s Office.

5) On September 23, 2012, Visitor Patricia Ladler was arrested following visitation at Valdosta State Prison, where she was observed on video passing contraband to an inmate. The contraband consisted of six Xanax and two hydrocodone tablets. She was arrested by the Lowndes 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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