Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Julie L. Jones

 
Press Release
December 25, 2018
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Visitor Contraband Interdiction | December 18 – December 24, 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 thirteen visitors from introducing contraband into FDC’s secure facilities:

Avon Park Correctional Institution: On December 23, the institution's K-9 team alerted on three visitor’s vehicles. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside each vehicle, one piece of paraphernalia was also discovered. All three visitations were terminated.

Everglades Re-Entry center: On December 23, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. The visitor refused consent to search and departed the institution.

Florida State Prison West Unit: On December 23, the institution's K-9 team alerted on three visitor’s vehicles. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside each vehicle, one handgun was also discovered. All three visitations were terminated.

Hamilton Annex: On December 22, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside the vehicle. Their visitation was terminated.

Lake Correctional Institution: On December 23, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside the vehicle. Their visitation was terminated.

Lowell Work Camp: On December 23, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered narcotics and contraband tobacco inside the vehicle. The visitor was arrested for possession and introduction of contraband.

Madison Correctional Institution: On December 23, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside the vehicle. Their visitation was terminated.

Sumter Correctional Institution: On December 23, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor. Staff subsequently searched their vehicle and discovered marijuana. Their visitation was terminated.

Walton Correctional Institution: On December 23, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside the vehicle. The visitor was arrested for introduction of contraband.

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