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Press Release
July 2, 2018
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Visitor Contraband Interdiction | June 25 – July 02, 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 four visitors from introducing contraband into FDC’s secure facilities:

Columbia Correctional Institution: On July 1, a visitor was found to be in possession of synthetic marijuana upon exiting a bathroom. The individual was arrested by Columbia County Sherriff’s Office for introduction of contraband.

Gadsden Re-Entry Center: On June 30, a visitor was found to be in possession of narcotics during a search. The visitation was terminated.

Hardee Work Camp: On June 30, a visitor was found to be in possession of narcotics. The visitation was terminated.

South Florida Reception Center: On July 1, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor's vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside the vehicle. The individual was arrested by Miami Dade Police Department for possession of narcotics on state grounds.

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