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Contraband Arrests at Georgia and Telfair State Prisons, and GDC Headquarters

As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 926 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.

On February 1, at Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Headquarters in Forsyth, Ga., security staff observed civilian Shekira Edwards walking in the parking lot near Roberts Chapel. Due to suspicion, security staff viewed the surveillance cameras around the kitchen area. Civilian Edwards was observed entering and exiting the kitchen with a package located under her arms. After being confronted by security staff, civilian Edwards stated that she was in possession of cell phones and that she was dropping off the contraband for an inmate at Burruss Correctional Training Center. The contraband was collected and civilian Edwards was arrested by Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

On February 4, visitor Natalie Williams attempted to enter Telfair State Prison for visitation. After successfully being processed, the Portal Sergeant noticed that Williams’s two-year-old daughter had something in her diaper. The sergeant asked Visitor Williams if there was anything in the little girl’s diaper, in which she replied that the baby’s diaper was just soiled and she needed to be changed. The Sergeant then asked Visitor Williams to change her daughter's diaper, which caused her to get upset. After multiple attempts of trying to get visitor Williams to cooperate, the Sergeant sent for visitor William’s mother, who was already inside of the facility in the visitation area. When Visitor Williams’ mother arrived at the front entry, she was briefed on what was going on and advised her daughter to change the baby's diaper. Visitor Williams calmed down and changed the baby’s diaper as the Sergeant and her mother watched. After the removal of the diaper, visitor Williams handed the dirty diaper to the Sergeant. The Sergeant opened the diaper and discovered 2 red latex balloons wrapped in brown tape. One red latex balloon contained 8 grams of tobacco and the other red latex balloon contained 24 grams of methamphetamine. The Institutional Investigator placed Visitor Williams under arrest and she was transported to Telfair County Sheriff’s Office.

On February 5, a Tattnall County Police Sergeant pulled over a burgundy Toyota near the Georgia State Prison Firing Range. The civilians, Lucy Jackson and Talina Griner, consented to a search of the vehicle, and the sergeant discovered 11 balls of tobacco wrapped in black electrical tape weighing 9 ounces. The civilians were arrested by Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office and escorted to Tattnall County Jail.

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