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Couple arrested for sneaking tobacco to inmate son
Frederick Harris

After a brief investigation by the Bulloch County Drug Suppression Unit, a couple were arrested Tuesday because they gave an inmate — their son — tobacco.

John Frederick Harris, 31, is an inmate at the Bulloch County Correctional Institute, serving a sentence for a forgery conviction in Lee County, Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said in a news release issued Wednesday.

His parents, Frederick Harris, 62, and Carolyn Harris, 65, both of Pleasant Grove Church Road in Albany, were found to have been giving John Harris tobacco while he worked on a detail at a county office on Denmark Street, Anderson said.

"Staff members at the Bulloch County Correctional Institute received information that family members of the inmate would make an attempt to place contraband tobacco at a work site for that inmate to pick up while on a work detail," he said. "Bulloch County Correctional Institute staff members contacted the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office Drug Suppression Team for assistance in investigating the incident."

Investigators were able to identify Frederick and Carolyn Harris as the ones responsible for dropping off the contraband tobacco, Anderson said.

"John Harris was charged (with criminal attempt to cross guard lines with contraband) after he recovered the contraband and attempted to bring it back inside the Correctional Institute."

Warrants were issued for Frederick and Carolyn Harris and, with assistance from law enforcement in Dougherty County, they were arrested and returned to the Bulloch
County Jail, where they were booked on charges of criminal attempt to cross guard lines with contraband, Anderson said.

Frederick and Carolyn Harris were later released on bond, while their son, John Harris, remained in correctional institute custody.

John Harris has a criminal history including convictions of theft by taking, theft by shoplifting, and forgery in Dougherty and Lee counties, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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