Thomas County, GA -- April 6, 2012 --
Seven people have been charged in connection with a contraband case at the Thomas County prison.
Out of the seven charged, one is prison guard Robert Rhodes. He has since been terminated. The three inmates charged are Donald Finch, William Brown, and Richard Williams. Melinda Rudd, Linda Groves, and Kimberly Groves are also charged . The contraband includes cell phones and tobacco products made available to convicts.
"Several weeks ago, the department of corrections was asked to investigate a situation at the prison. They sent their own investigator down who did all the investigations through the department of corrections," said Captain Steve Jones of the Thomas County Sheriff's Department.
The sheriff's office said they could not say anything beyond that this is now a DOC case, and that everyone charged has bonded out of jail.