Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Julie L. Jones

 
Press Release
August 7, 2018
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Visitor Contraband Interdiction | July 30 - August 6, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) has zero tolerance for contraband of any kind, and visitors attempting to introduce contraband are subject to immediate termination of their visitation privileges.

Whenever contraband is recovered on a visitor, local law enforcement is always contacted as well and they determine whether to make an arrest.

This past weekend, institutional staff stopped eight visitors from introducing contraband into FDC’s secure facilities:

Franklin Correctional Institution: On August 4, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor's vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside the vehicle. The visitation was terminated, and the visitor was arrested for introduction of contraband.

Okaloosa Correctional Institution: On August 5, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a vehicle shared by two visitors. Staff subsequently discovered narcotics, ammunition, paraphernalia, multiple cell phones and cell phone accessories inside the vehicle, as well as additional narcotics on one of the visitors during a pat search. Both visitors were arrested for introduction of contraband and possession of narcotics.

Reception and Medical Center Work Camp: On August 5, staff observed two visitors attempting to conceal contraband outside of the facility. Their visitation was terminated.

South Florida Reception Center: On August 5, the institution's K-9 team alerted on two separate visitor vehicles. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside each vehicle. Visitation was terminated for both individuals.

Sumter Correctional Institution: On August 5, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor's vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered alcohol inside the vehicle. The visitation was terminated.

Zephyrhills Correctional Institution: On August 5, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor's vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside the vehicle. The visitation was terminated.

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