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Contraband Arrests at Multiple State Prisons

As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 960 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.

On May 24, at Augusta State Medical Prison, Officer James Forest was arrested by Richmond County Sheriff's Department after admitting to providing contraband to inmates. After interviewing Officer Forest, a search of his vehicle led to the recovery of contraband. 

On May 26, a Deputy Sheriff with Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office noticed a suspicious person walking along Highway 147 near the Rogers State Prison fire station. The individual was identified as Civilian Dominique Dixon. A search of Civilian Dixon's person was conducted, and the following contraband was discovered: 24 bundles of tobacco wrapped in black electrical tape, unweighted. Civilian Dixon was placed under arrest by Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office.

On May 27, at Wilcox State Prison, the Portal Sergeant detected a marijuana odor coming from Sergeant Billy Edwards. The Portal Sergeant questioned Edwards about the odor, and he pulled the following contraband out of an unknown pants pocket: 03 bundles of marijuana wrapped in cellophane and black electrical tape weighing 115 grams. An additional search of Edwards and his vehicle was conducted by Abbeville Police Department, and no additional contraband was found. Edwards was arrested by Abbeville’s Police Department. 

On May 28, Dooly County Sheriff's Deputies stopped a suspicious vehicle that was repeatedly driving up and down Railroad Street (one mile away from Dooly State Prison). There were two civilians inside of the vehicle, and the vehicle had the following contents: an unknown amount of cell phones, and an unknown amount of tobacco. Both civilians were arrested and transported to the Dooly County Jail.

On May 29, at Washington State Prison, Visitor Brittany Young was arrested after passing contraband to an inmate during visitation. Visitor Young was search by staff and a small plastic bag containing 0.4 grams of marijuana was found on his person. Visitor Young was arrested by Washington County Sheriff's Department. 


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