Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Julie L. Jones

 
Press Release
November 6, 2018
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Visitor Contraband Interdiction | October 30 – November 5, 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:

Dade Correctional Institution: On November 4, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside the vehicle. Their visitation was terminated.

Cross City Correctional Institution: On November 4, the institution's K-9 team alerted on three separate vehicles.

Staff subsequently discovered marijuana residue inside the first and second vehicles. Their visitations were terminated.

In the third vehicle, staff discovered contraband tobacco, synthetic marijuana and marijuana. The visitor was arrested for possession and introduction of contraband.

Homestead Correctional Institution: On November 4, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. The visitor refused consent to search, and the visitation was terminated.

Lake Correctional Institution: On November 4, the institution's K-9 team alerted on two separate vehicles.

The owner of the first vehicle refused consent to search, and their visitation was terminated.

Inside the second vehicle, staff discovered marijuana residue. Their visitation was terminated.

Sago Palms Re Entry: On November 4, the institution's K-9 team alerted on two separate vehicles.

The owner of the first vehicle refused consent to search, and their visitation was terminated.

Inside the second vehicle shared by three visitors, staff discovered marijuana and paraphernalia. Their visitations were terminated.

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