Woman caught sneaking cocaine, heroin into DeSoto prison

Posted 6/30/22

DeSoto Correctional Institution (DCI) officers arrested a woman attempting to bring 100 grams of cocaine and heroin into the prison on June 27.

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Woman caught sneaking cocaine, heroin into DeSoto prison

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ARCADIA -- DeSoto Correctional Institution (DCI) officers arrested a woman attempting to bring 100 grams of cocaine and heroin into the prison on June 27.

The 44 -year-old woman, Melissa Webster, had her infant grandchild with her along with the contraband during a visitation at DCI. DCI officers discovered the drugs during a search and the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) was contacted.

Webster was placed under arrest and charged with with Trafficking in Heroin, Trafficking in Cocaine, Introduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility, Child Abuse/Neglect and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The Department of Children and Families responded and provided care and safe placement for the infant.

DCSO K9 Liberty with the nearly two pounds of cocaine and heroin discovered in Webster's vehicle. (Photo courtesy DCSO/Lake Okeechobee News)
DCSO K9 Liberty with the nearly two pounds of cocaine and heroin discovered in Webster's vehicle. (Photo courtesy DCSO/Lake Okeechobee News)

DCSO's K9 Liberty conducted a free air sniff of Webster’s vehicle in the parking lot and an additional 687.7 grams of heroin and cocaine were located inside, alongside a baby’s car seat and other essentials.

Webster is currently being held without bond.

DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, DeSoto Correctional Institution

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