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Press Release
September 4, 2018
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Visitor Contraband Interdiction | August 27 – September 3, 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 fourteen visitors from introducing contraband into FDC’s secure facilities:

Baker Correctional Institution: On September 3, staff discovered an inmate to be in possession of synthetic marijuana, tobacco, and multiple cell phones prior to his departure from the visitation area. The visitor associated with the inmate departed the institution before staff could make contact.

Blackwater Correctional Facility: On September 2, the institution's K-9 team alerted on three separate visitors who subsequently refused consent to a search. The three visitations were terminated.

Century Correctional Institution: On September 3, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a vehicle shared by two visitors. Staff subsequently discovered a cellphone, eight chargers and nine sim cards inside the vehicle. Further investigation revealed each visitor to also be in possession of additional contraband on their person including eight cell phones, nine sim cards, eight chargers and marijuana. Warrants have been issued for their arrest.

Columbia Correctional Institution Annex: On September 1, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside the vehicle. The visitor was also found to be in possession of contraband tobacco on her person. The visitor was arrested for possession and introduction of contraband.

Okeechobee Correctional Institution: On September 2, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana residue inside the vehicle. The visitation was terminated.

Polk Correctional Institution: On September 3, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana residue inside the vehicle. The visitation was terminated.

Reception and Medical Center Work Camp: On September 3, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana residue inside the vehicle. The visitation was terminated.

Reception and Medical Center Work Camp: On September 3, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside the vehicle. The visitor was arrested for possession.

Reception and Medical Center Work Camp: On September 3, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered paraphernalia, marijuana and narcotics inside the vehicle. The visitor was arrested for possession.

Suwannee Work Camp: On September 3, information was obtained that a visitor was attempting to introduce contraband into the facility. Further investigation revealed that the visitor attempted to conceal the contraband outside of the institution, in an area where inmates regularly work. The visitation was terminated.

Zephyrhills Correctional Institution: On September 2, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana residue inside the vehicle. The visitation was terminated.

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As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 96,000 inmates and supervises nearly 166,000 offenders in the community.

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