Alleged marijuana possession lands 3 Georgia prison visitors in jail

Three Georgia prison visitors were arrested on drug charges after officials found them in possession of marijuana.
Three Georgia prison visitors were arrested on drug charges after officials found them in possession of marijuana.

Three Georgia prison visitors have now become jail inmates after officials discovered they were in possession of marijuana, according a release from the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Charnele Brown, Litonya Dais and Diamond Thornton were arrested Saturday in three separate incidents at three prisons in south Georgia, officials said.

Police dogs managed to sniff out marijuana inside Brown’s car at the Dodge County State prison, according to a release. The dogs found marijuana cigarettes and a small amount of loose marijuana in Brown’s car console.

Brown remained in the Dodge County jail Monday without bond on crossing state or county guard lines with weapons, intoxicants or drugs without consent charge, according to jail records. She also faces a marijuana possession charge.

Litonya Dais was arrested and taken to the Tattnall County jail after authorities searched her and found a small amount of marijuana wrapped in clear plastic on her, according to the release.

Dais “was unable to clear the metal detector,” when she was entering the front bunker for visitors, officials said. She faces charges of marijuana possession, giving or possessing liquor, drugs, weapons by an inmate without consent of warden, and crossing state or county guard lines with weapons, intoxicants or drugs without consent. She remained in jail on an $11,000 bond.

The third arrest was made at the Telfair State Prison where authorities also said Diamond Thornton failed to clear the metal detector.

Officials said Thornton consented to a search, which led to discovery of 18 grams of marijuana wrapped in a clear plastic bag in the back seat of her car. She remained in the Telfair County jail on a $5,000 bond.

Thornton faces marijuana possession and crossing state or county guard lines with weapons, intoxicants, or drugs without consent, the Telfair County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Georgia Department of Corrections has made 1,198 contraband arrests since July 2010.

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