Correctional Services staff seized multiple packages from a visitor at Joyceville Institution with an institutional value of $12,500, according to reports from Correctional Services Canada (CSC).
At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Jul. 6, 2018, staff at the institution confiscated the unauthorized items from a visitor at the Assessment Unit at the penitentiary. The packages contained 78.3 grams of tobacco and 44.7 grams of marijuana, and the seizure the result of combined efforts of three different staff sectors: security intelligence officers, correctional officers, and the detector-dog team.
The visitor was arrested by the Ontario Provincial Police and may face criminal charges, according to a press release from CSC. Correctional Services Canada employ a number of different tools and measures to prevent drugs and contraband items from entering institutions, including drug detecting dogs and ion scanners.
CSC reminds the public that a telephone tip line has been set up for all federal institutions to receive any information about activities relating to security at CSC institutions, and that activities related to drug use or trafficking that may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates and staff members working at institutions. Information can be shared anonymously at the toll free-number: 1-866-780-3784.
A drug confiscation has occurred at Joyceville Institution, though the type and/or quantity of the drug(s) seized is currently unknown.
Correctional Services Canada issued a media release just before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018, confirming that a drug seizure has occurred at the medium security penitentiary. A police and/or CSC investigation is currently ongoing, according to the release.
“There is an ongoing investigation therefore, CSC cannot release any further information at this time,” the release said.
More information will be published as it becomes available.
Situated in Kingston’s east end, Joyceville Institution houses up to 752 inmates.