As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 723 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
On March 6, 2015 at Valdosta State Prison, staff conducted an interview with LPN Teresa Dixon, regarding alleged dealings with inmates. A search of Dixon's property was also conducted and a quart-sized bag (undetermined weight) of loose tobacco and rolling papers was found. Dixon admitted that she had attempted to bring contraband into the facility. Teresa Dixon was arrested by the Lowndes County Sheriffâ€™s Office.
On March 10, 2015 at Calhoun State Prison, the front entry metal detector alerted on Teacher Annie Flood. A search was conducted and two packages of tobacco, two cell phones, two chargers and six packs of rolling papers were found on her person. Annie Flood was arrested by the Calhoun County Sheriffâ€™s Office.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.