Impact Georgia Magazine February | Page 4



Article by Lori Benoit | [email protected]

GDC Contraband Interdiction Efforts

Continue in Fourth Quarter 2019

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) strives to prevent contraband from entering our facilities on a daily basis.  Our efforts to combat contraband have been made possible through our continuing improvements in our front-line staff training, technological methods, and full facility shakedowns which resulted in the seizure of 8,393 contraband items during the fourth quarter of 2019.“We stand committed in our continuing efforts to bring justice to those who pose a threat to the safe and secure operations of our facility,” said Commissioner Timothy C. Ward.   “We applaud the work of our GDC staff who remain vigilant in detecting contraband inside our facilities.”


Through the collaboration of our Office of Professional Standards, GDC Tactical Squads, K9 Units, and facility shakedowns across the state,the following items were confiscated between October and December 2019. For more information, click here to view our press release.

To report staff and offenders involved in criminal activity please click  here.

- More Than 8,300 Items Seized -


cell phones

& electronic accessories


handmade weapons



pills, controlled substances,

& 20 syringes


ounces of homemade alcohol

108,058.63 grams

of tobacco

12,539.42 grams

of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy