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Contraband Arrests at Rogers and Smith 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 929 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.

On February 13, a Tattnall County Police Sergeant noticed a suspicious Gold Honda Accord driving near Rogers State Prison. The sergeant pulled over the vehicle, and the driver, Parolee Klifford Beckwith, consented to a search of his vehicle. Parole Beckwith and the passenger, Parolee Franklin Taylor, were asked to step out of the vehicle. The following items were discovered in the backseat of the vehicle: 3 bags containing 10 oz bags of Bugler tobacco (unweighted), 1 bag containing 4 oz bags of Bugler tobacco (unweighted), 2 boxes of sandwich bags and 2 black rolls of black electrical tape. The Georgia Department of Corrections Criminal Investigation Division (CID) assisted Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office with the arrest of Parolee Beckwith and Parolee Taylor.

On February 19, an officer at Smith State Prison observed visitor Ashley Hester place a white ball inside an inmate’s hand. After the white ball was placed inside of the inmate’s hand, he attempted to swallow it. The inmate then walked over to a nearby trashcan and spit out the white ball into the trashcan. The officer then proceeded to the trashcan and confiscated the white ball. An investigator arrived at the facility to retrieve the contraband and discovered .09 ounces of a green loose-leaf substance inside of a small white latex balloon. After conducting a search of the contraband, the Investigator interviewed visitor Hester. During the interview, visitor Hester consented to a search of her person and no additional contraband was discovered. Visitor Hester was arrested by Glennville Police Department. 

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