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Press Release
May 30, 2018
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Visitor Contraband Interdiction | May 26 ā€“ 28, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ā€“ 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 six visitors from introducing contraband into FDCā€™s secure facilities:

Blackwater Correctional Facility: On May 26, institution staff discovered marijuana in a visitor's vehicle. The individual was arrested for introduction of contraband and visitation privileges were terminated.

Florida State Prison: On May 27, institution staff discovered a cell phone concealed within a visitor's clothing during a metal detection search. The individual was arrested for introduction of contraband and her visitation privileges were terminated.

Hamilton Correctional Institution: On May 28, institution staff found a visitor to be in possession of narcotics. The visitor was arrested for introduction of contraband and visitation privileges were terminated.

Marion Correctional Institution: On May 27, institution staff discovered marijuana in two seperate visitor's vehicles. The individuals were arrested for introduction of contraband and their visitation privileges were terminated.

South Florida Reception Center: On May 27, the institution's K-9 team discovered marijuana in a visitor's vehicle. The individual was arrested for introduction of contraband and her visitation privileges were terminated.

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As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 97,000 inmates and supervises nearly 167,000 offenders in the community.

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