As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 1,997 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
On April 8 at Telfair State Prison, Officer Chantell Sheffield attempted to enter the facility with sheets of paper covered with a dried substance inside of a folder in her work bag. Officer Sheffield consented to be searched and a search of her vehicle was conducted with no additional contraband found. Sheffield was arrested and transported to the Telfair County Jail.
On April 5, a traffic stop was conducted near Washington State Prison by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The occupants of the vehicle were civilians Eric Turner and Dexter Williams. A search of the vehicle was conducted, and large bundles of contraband wrapped in duct tape were recovered. During the stop, they admitted that civilian Ququeice Spivey was in the wood line with additional contraband. Spivey was apprehended at the wood line with an additional package of contraband in her possession. All three civilians were arrested and transported to Washington County Jail.