As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 487 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
1) On April 12th, 2013 at Rogers State Prison, an officer noticed an unidentified object in Food Service worker Shannon Wyche's shoe. After further investigation by the shift OIC, the unidentified object was identified as 13 ounces of tobacco. Tattnall County Sheriff's Office was called and a visual body search was conducted, at the consent of Wyche. No other contraband was found. Wyche was arrested for attempting introduce contraband into the prison.
2) On April 12th, 2013 at Hancock State Prison, an officer spotted two men running toward an area that contraband had been previously found and intercepted. The civilians fled into the woods. Hancock County Sheriff's Office was called and approximately ï¿½ mile from the prison two females were found with their vehicle backed into the woods. When the females were questioned, they admitted that they had in fact dropped off two men for the purpose of leaving contraband and gave descriptions of both. Caroline Allen and Ariel Lay were arrested. The next morning, the two men were spotted walking towards the city of Sparta from the prison road. The Hancock County Sheriff's Office was called and these two men were in fact the men that we were searching for, Adrius Brown and Terrell Brown. They were arrested. Officers found 30 small bags of tobacco, eight cell phones and eight chargers inside of three footballs.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.