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Press Release
March 26, 2018
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Visitor Contraband Interdiction | March 24 – 25, 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 three visitors from introducing contraband into FDC’s secure facilities:

Columbia Correctional Institution: On March 25, institutional staff located tobacco in a visitor’s jacket during a search. Her visitation privileges were terminated.

Holmes Correctional Institution: On March 25, 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.

Blackwater Correctional Facility: On March 24, a visitor admitted to institutional staff she was in possession of illegal drugs. Her visitation privileges were terminated.

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