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Dooly State Prison among seven raided

Published: Feb. 12, 2016 at 12:54 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 12, 2016 at 12:59 PM EST
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Multiple agencies, including the FBI and Georgia Department of Corrections, raided seven prisons Thursday, including Dooly State Prison near Unadilla.

A similar raid two weeks ago at Autry State Prison near Pelham uncovered huge fraudulent scam operations run by telephone out of the prison.

Agents were searching the prisons, one of which is operated by Geo Group, for illicit cell phones, drugs, and other contraband.

The FBI has been investigating the illegal operations and building a case for two years.

WSB provided an extensive report on the raids Thursday.

Cellphones are a continuing problem in many prisons, because they allow convicted criminals to run illegal conspiracies from inside the prison.

Forty six people, including current prison staff, have been indicted on various corruption charges.

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