As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 689 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
On September 11, a detail from Colwell PDC was working at the Union County Golf Course, and was approached by a male driving a white van with Florida tags. The driver, Todd Johnny Smith, asked for directions to Home Depot and drove off. He returned three times and on the third drive by, he threw out cigarettes. The detainees picked up the cigarettes and gave them to their detail officer. Each of the detainees were searched to ensure that no other contraband was concealed. Deputies from the Union County Sheriffâ€™s Office later stopped the van, which was identified by detainees from the detail. The Detail Officer turned over the cigarettes thrown by Smith to Union County Deputies. Smith was arrested for Conspiracy to Introduce Contraband as well as drug possession charges.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.