As part of ongoing efforts to prevent contraband from entering Georgia prison facilities, the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) says that they seized a total of 6,592 contraband items during the third quarter of 2019. The agency continuously makes improvements to our processes in addition to utilizing full-facility shakedowns to combat contraband entering our facilities.

“It is because of our diligent staff that we were able to interdict over 6,500 contraband items from our facilities, said Commissioner Timothy C. Ward. “We will continue to strengthen our efforts to keep contraband outside of facilities, and we remain vigilant in our mission of creating safe and secure facilities.”

Through the collaboration of our Office of Professional Standards, GDC Tactical Squads and K9 Units, the following items were confiscated between July and September 2019:

  • 1357 cell phones
  • 542 cell phone chargers
  • 2084 handmade weapons
  • 7,643.37  grams of marijuana (300 bags/balloons)
  • 65,775.76 grams of tobacco (1754 bags/balloons)
  • 2357.66 grams of methamphetamine (180 bags/balloons)
  • 764 ounces of alcohol (24 bottles)
  • 327 pills
  • 18 syringes
  • 6 SIM/SD cards

The GDC also utilized shakedown operations to detect 1,600 items in the third quarter of 2019. A total of 24 shakedowns were completed at 17 of the 34 state prisons.

Third quarter shakedown seizures included:

  • 245 cell phones
  • 951 handmade weapons
  • 705.70 grams of marijuana (31 occurrences)
  • 2209.44 grams of tobacco (23 occurrences)
  • 193.12 grams of methamphetamine (16 occurrences)
  • 1 ounce of homemade alcohol (2 occurrences)
  • 332 unidentified pills