Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Julie L. Jones

 
Press Release
November 15, 2018
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Visitor Contraband Interdiction | November 6 - November 12, 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 ten visitors from introducing contraband into FDC’s secure facilities:

Avon Park Correctional Institution: On November 11, while conducting a pat search, staff discovered a visitor in possession of tobacco. Their visitation was terminated.

Baker Correctional Institution: On November 11, while conducting a pat search, staff discovered a visitor in possession of synthetic marijuana and other various narcotics. The visitor was arrested for introduction of contraband.

Baker Correctional Institution and Work Camp: the institution's K-9 team alerted on two separate vehicles. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana residue inside each vehicle. Their visitations were terminated.

Desoto Correctional Institution: On November 10, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. The visitor refused consent to search, and their visitation was terminated.

Everglades Correctional Institution: On November 10, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered alcohol inside the vehicle. Their visitation was terminated.

Hardee Correctional Institution: On November 10, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. The visitor refused consent to search, and their visitation was terminated.

Polk Correctional Institution: On November 12, 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 West: On November 12, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana, paraphernalia and a counterfeit identification card inside the vehicle. Their visitation was terminated.

South Florida Reception Center: On November 11, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana residue inside the vehicle. Their visitation was terminated.

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