Contraband Arrests at Rogers and Ware 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 964 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.

On June 3, near Rogers State Prison, a Tattnall County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a black 2014 Hyundai Elantra for a busted taillight. The occupants of the vehicle were driver Sandra Robinson, and two passengers. The following items were discovered inside the vehicle: a black trash bag containing 225 plastic eggs wrapped in black electrical tape filled with tobacco, 16 bundles wrapped in black electrical tape containing marijuana, and a plastic bag containing a syringe and spoon with residue. During the search, Robinson stated that there was a gun stored in the glove compartment of the vehicle. The gun was a 380 automatic. The Deputy observed a text message in a cellphone found inside the vehicle that read that the contraband was to be taken to Rogers State Prison and dropped off at the dairy plant. All three occupants were arrested and transported to Tattnall County Jail pending charges.  

On June 4, Ware State Prison Correctional Officer Valdez Lozada was arrested by Ware County Sheriff Office after leads were developed revealing that he had contraband. A Special Agent conducted a search that revealed methamphetamine in Lozada's right shirt pocket and behind the passenger seat of his vehicle.

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