Contraband seized at Bath Institution after suspected drone drop

Millhaven and Bath Institutions, located in Loyalist Township just west of Kingston. Photo by John Andrew.

Last week, “thanks to the monitoring and investigation activities of the preventive security and intelligence team and the vigilance of staff members,” a package containing contraband was seized at Bath Institution, according to Correctional Service Canada (CSC).

CSC said the package was seized on the property of the medium security federal institution on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, and was the result of a suspected drone drop.

According to the national correctional authority, the seized items included approximately 119 grams of cannabis and 343 grams of shatter (cannabis concentrate).

“The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) uses a number of tools to prevent drugs from entering its institutions. These tools include ion scanners and detector dogs to search buildings, personal property, inmates, and visitors,” the national agency that oversees all federal correctional facilities stated.

“CSC has measures in place to prevent contraband and unauthorized items from entering its institutions in order to help ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone. CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to introduce contraband or unauthorized items into correctional institutions.”

CSC has set up a telephone tip line for all of its federal institutions in order to receive information about activities relating to security at those institutions, such as drug use or trafficking. The tool-free number, 1-866-780-3784, ensures that information shared through it is protected and that callers can remain anonymous. Anyone who sees suspicious activity around CSC institutions is encouraged to call that number, or local police (Kingston Police can be reached at 613-549-4660, and tips can be relayed anonymously by calling extension 0 at that number at requesting to remain anonymous).

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