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Georgia law enforcement teaming up to stop crime inside prisons

Marsha Rogers (left) and Kevin Shaffer (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office) Marsha Rogers (left) and Kevin Shaffer (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
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LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

The Lee County Sheriff says state prisons are starting to work with Sheriff's Offices and other law enforcement across Georgia, to stop the flow of drugs going into state prisons.

Marsha Rogers from Anderson, South Carolina was arrested in Lee County Friday. She and Valdosta State Prison Inmate Kevin Shaffer were charged with trafficking methamphetamine. 

The  Lee County Narcotics Team worked with the Department of Community Supervision to seize 3 and a half ounces of crystal meth, and arrest the couple who investigators say were planning to smuggle the drugs into Valdosta State Prison.Inside the met would be worth an estimated $21,000.  

Investigators say Rogers made stops in Chattanooga and Atlanta to pick up the meth, and then was arrested in Lee County.  

Sheriff Reggie Rachals said the state's law enforcement is working together to control crimes inside prisons.

"Different agencies are finally getting together because they can't fight it all by themselves," said Rachals. "The more help you get outside, the more help you can get into your agency to help.  And that's what we're doing."

Investigators say Shaffer had a cell phone inside Valdosta State Prison, and was using it to communicate with Rogers. Now those cell phones are being used to collect information on the prison smuggling operation.

The two will face federal charges.

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