Former Corrections Officer Sentenced to 20 Years in Drug Smuggling Case

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Georgette Bennett

Former corrections officer Georgette Bennett has been sentenced to 20 years, including six years of mandatory confinement, for her involvement in a drug smuggling case at the Chatham County Detention Center. Bennett’s role in smuggling methamphetamine into the facility posed a significant risk to both inmates and staff members. The case, which emerged in 2023, led to Bennett’s apprehension and subsequent legal proceedings. Her accomplice, Montez Wade, is still navigating the legal system as his case remains active.

Sheriff John T. Wilcher addressed the incident, emphasizing the breach of trust and the office’s commitment to safety and justice. “While we are disheartened by the actions of one individual, it is crucial to recognize that this event is not reflective of our collective values and dedication,” Sheriff Wilcher stated. He also emphasized the office’s focus on learning from the experience and implementing measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The successful resolution of the case was attributed to the collaborative efforts of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, and the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office expressed gratitude to these teams and the community for their unwavering support and commitment to justice.

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