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Man arrested, woman sought after illegal drug drop at Lee Arrendale State Prison

By Austin Eller News Director

A man has been arrested and charges have been taken out against a woman after the two allegedly threw illegal drugs over a fence at Lee Arrendale State Prison Wednesday morning.

Habersham County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Rob Moore said Laticia Erika Perry, 28, allegedly threw the drugs over the fence at about 4 a.m. at the facility in Alto.

"When confronted by an officer, this driver attempted to run the officer over and then there was a continued exchange there," Moore said.

Perry allegedly rammed a Georgia Department of Corrections vehicle being driven by an officer who was attempting to stop them from leaving. The corrections officer suffered minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.

Perry and her passenger, Devonte Jenkins, age 26, fled the scene on foot after wrecking their vehicle.

"[Perry] is injured. We know that she's bleeding because she discarded some bloody clothing there close to the scene when she fled on foot," Moore said.

Jenkins was arrested in Cornelia early Wednesday afternoon and taken to the Habersham County Detention Center in Clarkesville. His identification was allegedly found near the loctation where the drugs were discovered.

Perry remains at large and faces outstanding warrants including aggravated assault on an officer.

"We don't have reason at this point to suspect that there's any danger to the public," Moore said. "We really don't have any idea where she might be headed. We know she needs medical attention."

Moore said anyone who sees Perry or is aware of her whereabouts is asked to call Habersham County Dispatch at (706) 778-3911.


Original story published Wednesday at 9:01 a.m.:

The Habersham County Sheriff's Office and Georgia State Patrol Aviation Division said Wednesday morning they were actively searching for a woman who allegedly made an illegal drug drop at Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto.

According to a press release from the Habersham County Sheriff's Office, Laticia Erika Perry allegedly made the illegal drug drop on prison grounds just after 4 a.m. Perry allegedly rammed a prison vehicle with her car when she was blocked after making the drop.

Perry wrecked her vehicle, then fled on foot and was last seen in the area of Shore Circle and Mt. Zion Connector.

Perry was described as a black female and was believed to be suffering from injuries consistent with a car crash. Official said Perry was bleeding, and could still be as of Wednesday morning. No clothing description was available.

The prison guard whose vehicle was struck suffered minor injuries but was not transported for treatment.

Anyone with information should contact the Habersham County Sheriff's Office at (706) 778-3911.

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