Valdosta Daily Times

January 29, 2013

Ga. police officer halts prison smuggling attempt


Associated Press

ATLANTA — Atlanta police say an officer stopped a group of men from smuggling cellphones, alcohol, guns and ammunition into a federal penitentiary in southeast Atlanta.

Police spokesman Carlos Campos says an officer was patrolling the area near the facility when he saw four men who appeared to be smuggling items through the fence. Campos says the officer shined a spotlight on a car parked near the prison and three of the men climbed the fence back onto prison property and one fled the scene in the car, abandoned it and fled on foot.

Police recovered 24 cellphones, four 30-packs of beer, three cases of whiskey, bags of protein powder and two loaded guns.

No arrests were made and police say the FBI and U.S. Bureau of Prisons are investigating.