Two men arrested after trying to smuggle drugs into Jackson Correctional Institution

K-9 Roxy sniffed the vehicle and positively identified the odor of illegal narcotics. (MGN)

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Two men have been arrested after trying to smuggle drugs into the Jackson Correctional Institution on Saturday.

Officials say the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Florida Department of Corrections Inspector General’s Office with the investigation. They say inspectors knew of an inmate who was expecting the arrival of contraband to be delivered to the institution this weekend.

Investigators say they knew the contraband was coming from St. Petersburg by two known suspects, Mareo John Davis, 46, and Alvin Nathaniel Clar, 62.

Officials say at 10:15 a.m. Saturday Davis assisted Clark, who was in a wheelchair into the institution. Davis tried to return to his vehicle but was intercepted by investigators from the Sheriff's Office and K-9 Roxy.

K-9 Roxy sniffed the vehicle and positively identified the odor of illegal narcotics. The vehicle was searched and investigators found suspected synthetic marijuana (K2).

Investigators then searched Clark and found K2, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, suboxone, and tobacco on him. They say the packaging was consistent with the packing found in the vehicle.

Both men were placed under arrest. Officials say additional inmates identified in the investigation have been removed from the general population pending additional charges.

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