Pubdate: Tue, 15 Jun 2004
Source: Albany Herald, The (GA)
Copyright: 2004 The Albany Herald Publishing Company, Inc.
Author: Valerie Benton
Bookmark: (Corruption - United States)


The Lee County Sheriff's Department Arrests A Terrell County
Correctional Institute Guard And Two Other Men.

LEESBURG - A Terrell County Correctional Institute guard suspected of
selling drugs to inmates was terminated Monday after he was arrested
Saturday in Lee County.

According to Lee Sheriff's Chief Deputy Dennis Parker, the prison
guard, Garian Street, 21, of 1115 East Second Ave., was arrested
shortly after 11 p.m. at the Doublegate E-Z Mart at 1250-A U.S.
Highway 82. He was charged with possession of ecstasy with intent to
distribute and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana,
according to the incident report.

Also arrested on the same charges were Willis Alford, 20, of Albany
and Darrell Ishmael Kirk, 28, of 3701 Plum Crest Ave., Albany, the
report said.

Kirk, also wanted for armed robbery in Albany, also was charged with
giving a false name at the time of arrest, according to Parker.

Parker said that Street's arrest "concluded a complicated
investigation" that began about six months ago by the Lee County Drug
Unit and a brief investigation by Terrell County Correctional Institute.

Terrell Correctional Institute Warden Billy McClung said Lee County
Sheriff's investigators first informed him Thursday that Street was
under investigation. McClung, who immediately began his own in-house
investigation, was notified Monday morning that Street had been arrested.

Parker said that Street had been selling to Terrell County inmates as
well as street-level sales in Lee County and Albany. McClung said that
Street was not caught trafficking drugs inside the prison, but because
he was arrested, Street would be fired from the prison effective Monday.

"It kind of saves me a little legwork," McClung said. He said he knew
of no previous incident of guards selling drugs to inmates at the
prison in Terrell County.

McClung called Street "an average officer" who had been at the prison
for only about four months. Street was previously a corrections
officer at Autry State Prison in Pelham.
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