Drone Smuggling Illegal Items into Washington State Prison Leads to Multiple Arrests

Two individuals were recently arrested following an alleged attempt to smuggle illegal items into the Washington State Prison in Davisboro by a drone.

The arrests were made by Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 11.

“Deputies on patrol made contact with a suspicious vehicle parked at a church on Highway 231 in Davisboro,” said Washington County Sheriff Joel Cochran. “Deputies initiated conversation with two people sitting inside the vehicle.”

It is alleged that while conversing with the two individuals, deputies spotted a hovering drone in possession of an object of a notably sized object.

“Deputies detained the two individuals and the ensuing investigation unveiled that they were attempting to smuggle illegal items into the prison,” said Sheriff Cochran.

Courtney Deandre Nickerson, age 34, of Cordele was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit a felony, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a first offender felon.

Lacie Ariel Rogers, age 26, of Bonaire was also arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit a felony and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Courtney Deandre Nickerson, 34, Cordele

Lacie Ariel Rogers, 26, Bonaire