BPS: Inmate Busted with Contraband



On Thursday night at 10:30pm, an employee at Decatur County Ambulance (EMS) on Airport Road observed an occupied vehicle sitting behind their building. The vehicle pulled off, but due to the suspicious nature of the vehicle and the time of night, a call was made to E911 asking for an officer to investigate. Officers Chris Jackson and Pat Bryant arrived on scene and walked around the outside of the EMS building. They located a blue tobacco package lying on the ground next to a block storage building. Officers continued to search the property and located 13 additional tobacco packages, as well as a plastic bag hanging from the top of the block building. Inside the bag were several clear plastic zipper baggies and additional tobacco packages.   Officers were aware that there are storage buildings located near the EMS building, and inside these buildings is equipment that inmates use for work detail. CID Investigators were called, and suspecting that the bag would be picked up by an inmate on Friday morning, they advised the officers to leave the bag in its present location.

On Friday morning at 7:30am, CID Investigators Larry Funderburke, Mark Esquivel, and Chris Avery arrived at EMS and waited out of sight for the DCCI inmate bus to arrive. About an hour later, the bus pulled up to the storage buildings.

Investigators watched as an inmate exited the bus, looked around, and made his way to where the bag containing tobacco was located. He took the bag and made his way back to the bus. Investigators moved in, boarded the bus, and found Jamarcus Antonio Printup, age 30, in possession of the bag.

Investigation continued on Friday afternoon when Investigators contacted DCCI Warden Gordon Screen Jr. and asked to search the locker belonging to Printup. Found inside of the locker were baggies containing 50 grams of methamphetamine. Jamarcus Antonio Printup has been charged with Items Prohibited for Possession by Inmates (Felony) and Trafficking Methamphetamine (Felony). Printup has a prison history dating back to 2006, and been housed at DCCI since May of this year. His most recent convictions occurred in Cobb County for False Imprisonment, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, Robbery by Force, and Aggravated Assault. The Bainbridge Public Safety CID Department wants to thank Decatur County Prison Warden Gordon Screen Jr. for his cooperation and assistance in this case. The investigation is ongoing.

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