Friday March 1st, 2024 7:05AM

GBI arrests former Banks County detention officer

By Hamilton Keener Anchor / Reporter

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested a former Detention Officer with the Banks County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday for violation of oath by a public officer.

GBI officials said the Banks County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to investigate Sammy Reece, 67 on Sept. 27, after he allegedly provided contraband to work release inmates he oversaw.

The investigation indicated that Reece provided prescription medication, alcohol and unauthorized use of a cell phone to the inmates on his work crew.

Reece has been charged with three felony counts of Items prohibited for possession by inmates; warden's authorization and one felony count of violation of oath by a public officer.

The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Banks County Sheriff’s Office at 706-677-2248 or the Regional Investigative Office in Athens at 706-552-2309.

Reece was booked in the Banks County Jail and provided bond.

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