Florida woman brought baby, stash of drugs to prison visit

(Courtesy: DeSoto County Sheriff's Office)

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 checking visitors at the DeSoto Correctional Institution on Sunday found nearly 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of drugs as they searched Melissa Webster of Tallahassee during the jail's check-in process, sheriff's officials said in a Facebook post.

DeSoto County Sheriff's deputies arrested Webster. Then, a K9 named Liberty conducted a "free air sniff" of her car, where an additional 687 grams (24 ounces) of cocaine and heroin were located, alongside a baby's car seat and other essentials.

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K9 Liberty (Courtesy: DeSoto County Sheriff's Office)

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The sheriff's office said the K9's discovery resulted in a total of about two pounds of heroin and cocaine being seized.

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.