In May of 1989 the Florida Department of Law Enforcement began an investigation into drug trafficking by prison guards at the Martin Correctional Institution in Indiantown, Florida. After a 15-month investigation FDLE agents arrested 10 prison guards and 6 prisoners. Over 60 prisoners and 25 guards were also listed as suspects.
Prisoners allegedly paid the guard anywhere between $200 and $300 per drug delivery. Several guards also confessed to acting as collection agents and enforcers for prisoner drug traffickers.
This was the largest bust of this type in Florida State history. The FDLE agent leading the operation said that the state would not prosecute those prisoners serving life sentences, as it would be a waste of resources to do so.
The primary drugs introduced by the guards into prisons were marijuana and cocaine. Federal charges may also be pending against those charged by the state.
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