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GDC Contraband Interdiction Efforts Continue in Third Quarter 2019

Timothy C. Ward
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Joan Heath
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October 10, 2019
GDC Contraband Interdiction Efforts Continue in Third Quarter 2019
More than 6,500 items seized


FORSYTH, Ga. — As part of ongoing efforts to prevent contraband from entering our facilities, the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) 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



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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