As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 620 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
1) On February 4, 2014, a Calhoun Sheriff Deputy stopped and questioned the driver of a vehicle, civilian Bobbie Victoria Davis, which was parked outside the courthouse. On suspicion the Deputy then drove to Calhoun State Prison and saw civilians Tyrone Sutton Jr. and Patrick James standing at guard line. After questioning the civilians, civilian Patrick James took off running towards the highway and was picked up by civilian Bobbie Victoria Davis. Deputy placed civilian Tyrone Sutton Jr. in his car and called for assistance. The Arlington Police Department stopped the vehicle driven by Bobbie Victoria Davis. All three civilians were arrested and taken to the Calhoun County jail for dropping off contraband at the facility. A package containing 19 bundles of tobacco, rolling paper, and a cell phone were found on the guard line.
2) On February 9, 2014 at Macon State Prison, visitor Tracy Willis was stopped at a K9 check point for smelling of marijuana on her person when she came to visit an inmate. Staff conducted a search of visitor Willis as well as of her vehicle. Staff found less than an ounce of marijuana and two small bottles of alcohol in her vehicle. Visitor Tracy Willis was arrested by Macon County Sheriff's Department.
3) On February 9, 2014 at Telfair State Prison, intelligence was received that there may be an attempt to introduce contraband over the fence. A search was conducted and a small hole was found in the perimeter fence. Visitor Donald Ladd was arrested by the Telfair County Sheriff's Office after admitting that he attempted to introduce the contraband. Staff confiscated two backpacks which contained one pair of bolt cutters, one pair of binoculars, nine bundles of tobacco wrapped in duct tape (approximately 5 pounds), 19 packs of rolling papers, 17 cell phones, 20 cell phone chargers, four packs of flavored cigars, 4.28 grams of marijuana, six lighters, one hacksaw blade cut in half, one screwdriver, two driver bits, two tubes of superglue, and one bottle of axe shower gel.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.