Contraband in Georgia’s State Prisons is a problem that the Georgia Department of Corrections takes very seriously, and is constantly working to eradicate.

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) seized a total of 9,315 items of contraband from inside Georgia prisons in the fourth quarter of 2017.  The GDC says “Efforts to eliminate contraband have been made possible through continuing improvements and enhancements of front line and technological methods, as well as full facility shakedowns.”

Through the collaboration of the Office of Professional Standards, GDC Tactical Squads and K9 Units, the following items were confiscated between October and December 2017:

  • 1,484 cell phones
  • 718 cell phone chargers
  • 2,606 handmade weapons
  • 8,164 grams of marijuana (357 bags/balloons)
  • 157,866.53 grams of tobacco (2,019 bags)
  • 552 pills
  • 4,112 ounces of alcohol (40 bottles)
  • 33 syringes
  • 18 SIM/SD cards

The GDC also utilized shakedown operations to detect weapons, cell phones and narcotics during the fourth quarter of 2017. A total of 27 shakedowns were completed at 16 of the 33 state prisons.

Fourth quarter shakedown seizures included:

  • 1,018 handmade weapons
  • 275 cell phones
  • 1,554 grams of marijuana (81 incidents)
  • 196.5 grams of methamphetamine (11 incidents)
  • 1,788.84 grams of tobacco (79 incidents)
  • 3,248 ounces of alcohol (24 bottles)
AM 1180 / GDC Press Release