Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Julie L. Jones

 
Press Release
September 17, 2018
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Visitor Contraband Interdiction | September 11 – September 17, 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 twelve visitors from introducing contraband into FDC’s secure facilities:

Cross City Correctional Institution: On September 16, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana residue inside the vehicle. The visitation was terminated.

Ft. Myers Work Camp: On September 15, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. The visitor refused consent to search the vehicle. The visitation was terminated.

Holmes Correctional Institution: On September 16, the institution's K-9 team alerted on three separate visitors’ vehicles. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana and contraband tobacco in the first vehicle. The visitor was issued a notice to appear. In the second vehicle, staff discovered marijuana and narcotics. The visitor was arrested for possession. The third vehicle, which was shared by two visitors, contained marijuana and narcotics. The owner of the vehicle was arrested for possession and introduction of contraband and the visitation was terminated for the additional occupant.

Lawtey Correctional Institution: On September 16, the institution's K-9 team alerted on two separate visitors’ vehicles. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana residue inside both vehicles. The visitations were terminated.

Moore Haven Correctional : On September 16, the institution's K-9 team alerted on two visitors’ vehicles. In the first vehicle, shared by two visitors, staff discovered marijuana residue. Their visitation was terminated. The owner of the second vehicle refused consent to search. Their visitation was terminated and the visitor departed the institution.

Sumter Correctional Institution and Annex: On September 16, the institution's K-9 team alerted on two visitors’ vehicles. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana residue inside both vehicles. The visitations were terminated.

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