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

1) On April 18, 2013 at Georgia State Prison, Store Manager I Chris Keel was suspected of bringing in contraband. After a search of the store was conducted, officers found two cell phones and two bags of tobacco. Store Manager Keel admitted to bringing in the contraband as well as dealing with an inmate. Store Manager Keel was arrested by the Tattnall County Sheriff's Department.

2) On April 21, 2013 at Valdosta State Prison, officers observed Bernard Shaikha behind the training building on prison property. Officers apprehended civilian Shaikha and Lowndes County Sheriff's Office was notified. Shaikha was carrying a backpack containing 17 cell phones, five Bluetooth devices, ten phone chargers, one nut driver set and numerous packs of tobacco. Bernard Shaikha was a former inmate of Valdosta State Prison.

3) On April 21, 2013 at Rogers State Prison, an Officer observed civilian Jennifer Guthrie drop a package in a trash can outside the front bunker. The package contained two cans of Bugler tobacco and five cans of smokeless tobacco. Tattnall County Sheriff's Office was contacted and arrested civilian Guthrie. A search of her vehicle revealed two empty cans of smokeless tobacco, latex gloves and a pack of plastic wrap.

4) On April 22, 2013 at Georgia Diagnostic & Classification Prison, visitor Elizabeth Ayers could not clear the metal detector at the Front entry. She consented to a search and officers found a large zip lock bag of tobacco on her person. The Butts County Sheriff's Office was notified and visitor Ayers was arrested.

5) On April 22, 2013 at Hays State Prison, officers observed visitor Osha Mitchell acting suspiciously during visitation. The officer then observed her pass an inmate a bag of chips. When the officer inspected the bag, he found a pre-packaged small amount of marijuana. Chatooga County Sheriff's Office was notified and visitor Osha Mitchell was arrested.

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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