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Georgia Dept. of Corrections Touts More Than 1,000 Contraband Items Seized at Multiple State Prisons

The Georgia Department of Corrections is touting recent contraband seizures following a series of shakedowns.

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) announced the completion of five full-facility shakedowns as part of their continuing efforts to eradicate our prisons of dangerous contraband.  The agency made no comments about how the items made their way into facilities in the first place.

GDC Tactical Squads, Immediate Response Team, Investigators and Agents conducted the unannounced shakedowns at Coastal, Central, Dooly, Lee, and Valdosta State Prisons and were successful in seizing more than 1,000 total items which could be used by inmates to conduct criminal activity within the walls of these facilities.

As a result of these most recent shakedowns, the following illegal contraband was confiscated:

  • 210 cell phones
  • 241 cell phone chargers
  • 647 weapons
  • 1420.6 grams of marijuana 
  • 2557.3grams of tobacco 
  • 289.9 grams of methamphetamine
  • 66.5 ounces of alcohol 
  • 142 pills

GDC says the agency “remains committed to ensuring the safety of both staff and inmates,” and that their security processes are ongoing. The state agency says they conduct “Quick Strike” health and wellness checks, have implemented state-of-the art technological systems, and made enhancements to their front-line and perimeter detection procedures. 

Nevertheless, crime on the inside continues to penetrate the walls of GDC facilities and make its way to the outside.

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Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter:

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