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 554 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
1) On August 28, 2013 at Coastal State Prison, Officer Tammy Tuten observed a vehicle stopped at the facility's warehouse. The officer and Shift Supervisor Sgt. approached the vehicle. Civilian Timra Helmly admitted to dropping off a package containing three galloon-sized Ziploc bags of tobacco and two cellphones. Civilian Helmly was arrested by the Savannah Metro Police Department.
2) On August 31, 2013 at Autry State Prison, visitor Ruth Ann White failed to clear the metal detector. After consenting to a search, Officers found 20 small round items of contraband on her person. The contraband consisted of approximately four grams of a green leafy substance appearing to be marijuana, 19 grams of tobacco and rolling papers. The Mitchell County Sheriff's Office was notified and she was arrested.
3) On September 1, 2013 at Rogers State Prison, two civilians were detained by the Tattnall County Sheriff's Office for dropping off contraband on the Rogers State Prison farm. Tattnall County Officers arrested civilians Tonia Gantt and Michael Deyton. Contraband found consisted of two plastic bags containing approximately 13.46 lbs of tobacco.
4) On September 1, 2013 at Valdosta State Prison, an inmate was search after visitation with visitor Georgette Sorkine and was found to be in possession of two taped balls of tobacco. When questioned, the inmate admitted that visitor Sorkine had brought the contraband into the facility for him. Visitor Sorkine's vehicle was searched and Officers found a THC grinder. Visitor Sorkine was arrested by 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.