Several packages containing contraband and unauthorized items have been seized at the medium security unit at Collins Bay Institution, and the Institution’s maximum security unit has been placed on lockdown, according to press releases from Correctional Service Canada (CSC).
The seized packages were discovered “as the result of the vigilance of staff members” on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, CSC said. Items seized included a cell phone and charger, 73.2 grams of hashish, 94.6 grams of marijuana, and 29 grams of a substance believed to be shatter. The total estimated institutional value of the seizure is approximately $26,000, according to CSC.
Police have been notified and the institution is investigating.
Additionally, CSC put a lockdown in place in the maximum security unit at Collins Bay Institution at approximately 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. The lockdown was put in place to enable staff to conduct an exceptional search, and was ordered to ensure the safety and security of the institution, its staff and inmates.
Regularly scheduled visits may be affected, and visitors who have already planned a visit are asked to contact the institution directly.
Normal operations at the maximum security unit will resume as soon as it is considered safe to do so, CSC said.