As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 514 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
1) On June 1, 2013 at Coffee Correctional Facility, the front entrance Officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming off of visitor Lori Jones. When the officer asked her if she had any contraband, she reached inside her shirt and pulled out a plastic bag that contained 50 balloons of marijuana. Nicholls Police Department came to the facility and arrested Jones.
2) On June 2, 2013 at Rogers State Prison an Officer contacted an Investigator and advised that while riding through the prison reservation he observed a green SUV pulling into the prison cemetery. The Officer questioned the driver Laron Deon Mickens at the cemetery and followed the vehicle. The Officer picked up the Investigator and pulled over the vehicle. Mickens was driving with passenger Timothy Peterson. Mickens and Peterson consented to a search of the vehicle and underneath the seat cover on the front driverâ€™s side, the Investigator found a clear plastic bag containing one ounce of marijuana. Mickens and Peterson were arrested by the Tattnall County Sheriff Office. The Investigator and the Officer returned to the cemetery and found a black trash bag containing nine packages of tobacco and eight packages of marijuana weighing six ounces.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.