As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 606 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
1.) Jannuary 4 at Johnson State Prison, visitor Nicole McElhannon smelled of marijuana when she came to visit an inmate. The staff conducted a search of the visitor and her vehicle and found the following: less than an ounce of methamphetamine, a letter addressed to the visitor from the inmate and a pipe used for smoking drugs. The local law enforcement was called; the visitor was taken into custody and her vehicle was towed away.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.