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GDC Contraband Interdiction Efforts Continue in 1st Quarter 2018

Gregory C. Dozier
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Joan Heath
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Lori Benoit
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May 29, 2018

GDC Contraband Interdiction Efforts Continue in 1st Quarter 2018

Approximately 10,000 items seized


FORSYTH, Ga. –  As part of ongoing efforts fight contraband from entering our facilities, the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) seized a total of 9,829 contraband items during the first quarter of 2018. The agency is continuously making improvements and enhancements of our front-line and technological methods, as well as full facility shakedowns, giving us the ability to continue addressing this significant public safety issue.

“It is shocking to know that almost 10,000 items of contraband made its way inside the walls of our facilities; however, I am extremely confident and proud of our officers and staff who work countless hours to find and remove these items,” said Commissioner Gregory C. Dozier. “We are steadfast in our ‘fight to be tough from within’ and will continue to hold those who break the law accountable for their actions.”

Through the collaboration of our Office of Professional Standards, GDC Tactical Squads and K9 Units, the following items were confiscated between January and March 2018:

  • 1,617 cell phones
  • 623 cell phone chargers
  • 110 cell phone accessories
  • 3,688 handmade weapons
  • 4,758.22 grams of marijuana (401bags/balloons)
  • 47,013.35 grams of tobacco (1,307 bags/balloons)
  • 1,038.07 grams of methamphetamine (227 bags/balloons)
  • 13.00 grams of cocaine (2 bags/balloons)
  • 1,795 pills
  • 5,558.50 ounces of alcohol (40 bottles)
  • 19 syringes

The GDC also utilized shakedown operations to detect 3,053 items in the first quarter of 2018. A total of 20 shakedowns were completed at 20 of the 33 state prisons.

First quarter shakedown seizures included:

  • 1,213 handmade weapons
  • 377 cell phones
  • 305 cell phone chargers
  • 2,245.17 grams of tobacco (73 instances)
  • 793.66 grams of marijuana (58 instances)
  • 178.30 grams of methamphetamine (10 instances)
  • 27.97 gallons of homemade alcohol (23 instances)
  • 973 unidentified pills
  • 12 syringes
  • 9 SIM/SD card


About the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC)

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees. For more information on the GDC, call 478-992-5247 or visit

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