VALDOSTA — A former Valdosta State Prison officer was indicted Monday on charges that he provided inmates with tobacco.
On May 8, prison staff was notified that Officer Cedric Detron Wesley, 29, “was acting suspiciously while on duty,” according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Staff said they followed Wesley into a mop closet where they reportedly discovered a bag of approximately one ounce of tobacco.
Staff members noted that the bag was “warm, as if it had recently been held against a body,” according to GDC.
Wesley was escorted from the unit. During questioning, Wesley reportedly admitted that he brought the tobacco into the facility.
Wesley was immediately terminated from the department and arrested by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, according to GDC.
On Monday, Superior Court of Lowndes County Grand Jury indicted Wesley on one count of furnishing prohibited items to inmates and one count of violation of oath by a public officer, records stated.
More than 700 civilians and more than 150 GDC staff members have been arrested to date for attempting to introduce contraband into GDC facilities, according to GDC.