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Press Release
March 19, 2018
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Visitor Contraband Interdiction | March 16 – 18, 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 five visitors from introducing contraband into FDC’s secure facilities:

Baker Correctional Institution: On March 18, the institution’s K-9 Interdiction Team detected illegal drugs inside a visitor’s vehicle. The woman consented to a vehicle search, and institutional staff discovered illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia and a weapon. Her visitation privileges were terminated.

Century Correctional Institution: On March 17, the institution’s K-9 Interdiction Team detected illegal drugs inside a visitor’s vehicle. The woman consented to a vehicle search, and institutional staff discovered illegal drugs. Her visitation privileges were terminated.

Okeechobee Correctional Institution: On March 17, the institution’s K-9 Interdiction Team detected illegal drugs inside a visitor’s vehicle. The man consented to a vehicle search, and institutional staff discovered illegal drugs. His visitation privileges were terminated.

Taylor Correctional Institution: On March 17, institutional staff requested a visitor vehicle search based on credible intelligence received. The woman consented to the search, and institutional staff discovered multiple cell phones. Her visitation privileges were terminated.

Hamilton Correctional Institution: On March 16, institutional staff caught a visitor handling a paper bag by her vehicle. Institutional staff searched the bag and discovered multiple cell phones.

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