Investigators say a rash of crimes involving inmates dealing drugs and tobacco to other inmates in area prisons is becoming a big problem.
They say prisoners have the chance to sneak in contraband when they are outside working on clean-up crews.
TC Special Agent Kevin Lee says as long as inmates are doing a job outside, they will be able to have access to family members and friends who can drop off items in designated places ahead of time.
If an inmate is found with illegal drugs, agents say a federal crime will be added to their sentence, while tobacco-related offenses are handled in-house at an inmate's respective prison.
Agents say prisons across south Georgia have been tightening security to help prevent the smuggling.