As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 580 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
1) On October 27, 2013 at Telfair State Prison, security staff smelled a strong odor of marijuana on visitor Brittney Bailey. The OIC Lieutenant was notified and when questioned, visitor Bailey admitted to bringing marijuana into the prison. The Telfair County Sheriff Department arrested visitor Bailey. Bailey's car was searched and no other illegal substances were found, however a green dot card was found with the name of the inmate she visited.
2) On October 27th, 2013 at Wilcox State Prison, the front entry officer noticed a pink cosmetic bag inside Officer Lakeysha Cummings' clear bag during shakedown. When the officer attempted to check the pink bag, Officer Cummings grabbed the bag and exited to her car. Officer Cummings then returned to entry, was checked and reported to post. Officer Cummings was relieved from her post and admitted she was attempting to bring in tobacco. Officer Cummings vehicle was searched and they discovered one bag of tobacco inside the pink cosmetic bag and another bag of tobacco lying in the car. A total one lbs. and 0.8 ounces were found. The Wilcox County Sheriff Office arrested Officer Cummings. Officer Cummings admitted she was paid $1,000 to bring in the tobacco.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.