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Officials: Woman brought baby, stash of drugs to Florida prison visit

The child was turned over to the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Credit: DeSoto County Sheriff's Office

ARCADIA, Fla. — A 44-year-old Florida woman brought her infant grandchild along with a stash of cocaine and heroin to a recent prison visit, officials said.

But guards searching visitors at the DeSoto Correctional Institution on Sunday found nearly 100 grams of drugs during the jail's check-in process, sheriff's officials said in a Facebook post.

DeSoto County Sheriff's deputies arrested Melissa Webster. Then, a K-9 named Liberty conducted a “free air sniff" of her car, where an additional 687 grams of cocaine and heroin were located, alongside a baby's car seat and other essentials.

The baby was turned over to the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Webster was charged with trafficking in heroin and cocaine, introduction of contraband into a correctional facility, child abuse/neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia.

It was a busy Sunday for our DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) deputies and DeSoto Correctional Institution (DCI)...

Posted by DeSoto County Sheriff's Office on Monday, June 27, 2022

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