Georgia Corrections Officer Fired, Arrested After Allegedly Smuggling Drugs Into Jail

Source: Chatham County Detention Center; MEGA

Georgette Bennett.

Jan. 12 2023, Published 5:00 p.m. ET

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A Georgia correctional officer was arrested after being accused of smuggling drugs into the jail.

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On Jan. 11, the Chatham County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest and firing of Georgette Ruthielee Bennett, 26. She had been employed with the jail since May 31, 2022.

According to police, an investigation by the Chatham County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Unit and the Chatham County Counter Narcotics Team led to Bennett's arrest.

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Bennett was charged with smuggling drugs and contraband into the jail, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, drug trafficking, giving prohibited items to inmates and violating the oath of a public officer.

As of Jan. 11, Bennett was still booked in the Chatham County Detention Center. Also, Bennett's alleged supplier, Montez Wade, 29, was arrested on drug trafficking charges.

"The actions of one officer does not reflect the values and dedicated service of the men and women of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office," Sheriff John Wilcher said, according to WJCL. "We remain committed to the safety, security and well-being of the inmates and staff at the Chatham County Detention Center."


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