More suspects charged in contraband investigation at Chatham County jail

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The sheriff’s office has served additional warrants in connection with an alleged contraband-smuggling case at the Chatham County Detention Center.

Shelley Wiens was first arrested April 11 for two felony charges of items prohibited by possession for inmates. According to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), a cell phone, which was a part of one of two contraband drops, was confiscated.

The sheriff’s office says an internal investigation revealed Wiens was taking money off of multiple inmate accounts and dropping off contraband at their training facility near the jail.

CCSO says Wiens was served an additional seven warrants on Friday, April 26, including three counts of attempt/conspiracy to Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances (VGCSA), one count of items prohibited for possession by inmate and three counts of use of communication facility in commission of a felony involving controlled substances. 

In addition, Chad Tracy and Charles Kleckley, the inmates she was allegedly communicating with, face charges.

Tracy was served warrants that same Friday for three counts of attempt/conspiracy to VGCSA, three counts of items prohibited for possession by inmate and three counts of use of communication facility in commission of a felony involving controlled substances.

Kleckley was arrested Wednesday, May 15, and faces seven felony charges including three counts of items prohibited for possession by inmate, two counts of use of communication to commit VGCSA and two counts of conspiracy to commit VGCSA.

Wiens and Tracy remain at the Chatham County jail. CCSO said Kleckley is also being held at the jail and has no bond at this time.

“I am committed to keeping contraband out of the detention center and will continue to utilize any and all resources to stop and prevent this from happening,” said Chatham County Sheriff John T. Wilcher in a statement to the media.

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