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Prisoners, DOC workers indicted for illegal cellphones, crime ring

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CBS46 has obtained indictments that name two Georgia state prisons where inmates and others are involved in using illegal cell phones.

The prisons are Phillips State Prison in Buford and Valdosta State Prison in Valdosta, and the indictments name current and former inmates, as well as Department of Corrections employees in the US Attorney's case. 

12 people face indictments, two of which are Department of Corrections employees. Prosecutors said the prison workers helped prisoners get contraband inside the facilities. 

Officials say prisoners even used a dead cat to smuggle contraband.

"Cut it open, cleaned out the contents of the body and used the carcass to stuff several cellphones and several rolls of smokeless tobacco back inside. They sewed it up and tossed the cat back over the fences," said director of professional standards, Ricky Martin.

The indictments state the cell phones "are used to traffic drugs, commit fraud schemes and organize criminal activity both inside and outside of prison."

An investigation by CBS46 earlier this month discovered dangerous criminals with internet and Facebook access while inside Georgia's toughest prisons. According to prison officials, 20 -30 individuals are arrested each month trying to smuggle contraband inside prisons, and that number includes both staff and visitors.

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