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Six arrested for prison smuggling attempts

Calhoun State Prison (WALB image) Calhoun State Prison (WALB image)
(Calhoun Co. Sheriff) (Calhoun Co. Sheriff)
(Calhoun Co. Sheriff) (Calhoun Co. Sheriff)

The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office arrested a total of six people this week for trying to smuggle contraband into the Calhoun State Prison.

Sheriff Josh Hilton said that the four men and two women were from Albany and Columbus, and were trying to bring Meth, marijuana, and cell phones into the prison.

Contraband items getting into prison inmates has been an on-going problem in many Georgia facilities. In January of this year, 51 people were indicted after federal prosecutors said 18 inmates at the Autry State Prison conducted a huge 'jury duty' scam using illegal cell phones to call out from the prison.

Hilton said one woman was arrested after a traffic stop, and she could not tell the deputy where she was going. The woman finally admitted she was headed to the prison to "make a drop."

The sheriff said that deputies found two men coming out of the woods near the prison, and tried to act like they were just out walking. But authorities found a stash of contraband they had hidden in the woods nearby, including a pound of marijuana. 

Tybriana Harper, Quincy Ford and Joshua Jones, all from Columbus, were arrested in one instance.

Bettie Melissa Holt, Travis Moore and Jonathan White, all from Albany, were arrested in another.

The charges range from Possession of marijuana to possession of Meth, to criminal attempt to commit a felony, and more charges could be levied.

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