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Valdosta Prison worker smuggles drugs in her bra

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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

October 8, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia Prison worker is arrested, charged with using her body to smuggle drugs to inmates.

Investigators say a tip prompted them to follow a kitchen worker at Valdosta State Prison.

She was caught in the act, trying to bring drugs inside the gates.

Investigators were tipped off that 26 year-old Deborah Watson was smuggling drugs into the prison.

When they asked to search her, she quit.

"She walked out, told them no, and quit right then," says Capt. J.D. Yeager.

That's where Lowndes County deputies stepped in.

"Our investigators went out, stopped her in a vehicle, got a female officer and asked for permission to search her," Yeager adds.

Turns out, the tip was right.  Investigators say she was hiding drugs under the folds of breasts.

"During the search she herself brought out three socks of narcotics."

They found three tube socks full of cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and drug bags worth $4,000 on the street.

Goods worth much more behind bars.  "It's five or six times as much inside," Yeager says.

Watson is charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, marijuana, and ecstasy as well as possession of tools for the commission of a crime.  No inmates are charged because she won't give them up.

"She received money from an inmates family member to deliver the drugs inside.  Now, the inmates can trade out different things on their store for drugs."

But her arrest has assured drugs don't get in.