Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Julie L. Jones

 
Press Release
March 28, 2019
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Visitor Contraband Interdiction | March 19 – March 25, 2019

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.

Hamilton Correctional Institution: On March 24, the institution's K-9 team alerted on six visitor vehicles. Staff discovered marijuana inside four of the vehicles, and the owner of the fifth vehicle admitted to consuming marijuana prior to arrival. Visitations for each visitor were terminated. Staff discovered narcotics in the sixth vehicle, and the visitor was arrested for possession.

Jefferson Correctional Institution: On March 24, the institution’s K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. The visitor admitted to having consumed marijuana prior to their arrival. Their visitation was terminated.

Okaloosa Correctional Institution: On March 24, the institution’s K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. The visitor refused consent to search. Their visitation was terminated.

On the same day, during a pat search, a visitor was found to be in possession of marijuana. Their visitation was terminated.

Okeechobee Correctional Institution: On March 24, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor. Staff discovered marijuana inside their vehicle. Their visitation was terminated.

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