Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Julie L. Jones

 
Press Release
December 20, 2018
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Visitor Contraband Interdiction | December 11 – December 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 contacted, and they determine whether to make an arrest.

This past weekend, institutional staff stopped seven visitors from introducing contraband into FDC’s secure facilities:

Lake City Correctional Facility: On December 15, staff detected the smell of marijuana on a visitor. During a pat search, the visitor attempted to conceal marijuana in a nearby receptacle. The marijuana was recovered, and the visitor was arrested for introduction of contraband.

Northwest Florida Reception Center Annex: On December 16, 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.

On December 16, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a second visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside the vehicle. Their visitation was terminated.

Okeechobee Correctional Institution: On December 16, the institution's K-9 team alerted on two separate visitor vehicles. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside each vehicle. Both visitations were terminated.

Polk Correctional Institution: On December 15, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside the vehicle. Their visitation was terminated.

Taylor Correctional Institution: On December 16, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside the vehicle. Their visitation was terminated.

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