Contraband cell phones smuggled into the state prison system are a menace, corrections officials have said. They are used to coordinate attacks inside prison and allowing inmates to continue their criminal activity outside of prison.
Inmates regularly buy and sell the phones, many of which are the latest models equipped with touch screens and Internet access. In these two cases, federal authorities say, they were used to traffic drugs, commit fraud schemes against unsuspecting victims and plan a violent assault against an inmates who was cooperating with law enforcement.
Hinley was charged along with Ruben “Flaco” Ruiz, William A. “Two Young” Matthews and Kansas “Guido” Bertollini, all of whom were recently paroled from state custody. With their assistance, Hinley routined brokered significant illegal drug deals in the Atlanta area and in other areas of Georgia, the indictment said.
Also charged was Anekra Artina Williams, a former guard who allegedly smuggled contraband into Valdosta State Prison in exchange for bribe payments. On one occasion, she smuggled methamphetamine and prescription pain medicine into prison for Hinley in exchange for $500, the indictment said.
The second indictment accuses three current inmates, Mims Morris, Johnathan “Turtle” Silvers and Adam “Scrap” Smith in a prison smuggling and fraud scheme. They were allegedly assisted by another defendant, Charonda Edwards, who worked in the kitchen at Phillips State Prison and smuggled in phones, drugs and tobacco for inmates.