Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Julie L. Jones

 
Press Release
September 11, 2018
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Visitor Contraband Interdiction | September 4 – September 10, 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 eleven visitors from introducing contraband into FDC’s secure facilities:

Apalachee East Unit: On September 8, the institution's K-9 team alerted on two visitors, prior to their entry into the visitation area. During a subsequent search of their shared vehicle, staff discovered a firearm and ammunition. The visitation was terminated.

Baker Re-Entry Center: On September 9, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a vehicle shared by two visitors. Staff subsequently discovered narcotics inside the vehicle. Both visitors were arrested for introduction of contraband.

Century Correctional Institution: On September 9, the institution's K-9 team alerted on two separate visitor’s vehicles. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana residue in each vehicle and a large amount of cash inside one vehicle. No arrests were made; however, warrants were issued for both individuals and their visitations were terminated.

Jefferson Correctional Institution: On September 8, during a pat search, prior to entry into the visitation area, staff discovered a visitor to be in possession of synthetic marijuana. The visitor was arrested for introduction of contraband.

Lake Correctional Institution: On September 9, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Although no contraband was found inside the vehicle, the visitor admitted to having consumed marijuana prior to the visit. The visitation was terminated.

Polk Correctional Institution: On September 9, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. The visitor refused consent to search the vehicle. The visitation was terminated and the visitor departed the institution.

South Bay Correctional Facility: On September 9, the institution's K-9 team alerted on two separate visitor’s vehicles, one was shared by two visitors. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana residue inside both vehicles. Their visitations were terminated.

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