Contraband seized at Collins Bay Institution after ‘suspected drone drop’

Collins Bay Penitentiary. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

Correctional Service Canada (CSC) is crediting “the vigilance of staff members” after a package containing contraband and unauthorized items was seized at Collins Bay Institution, a federal multi-level facility.

According to CSC, the package entered the facility through a “suspected drone drop” and was seized by staff on Sunday, Jul. 3, 2022. The contraband seized included 600 grams of tobacco, 165 grams of cannabis, and a USB charger.

In a media release dated Friday, Jul. 8, 2022, CSC said they use a number of tools to prevent drugs from entering their institutions. These tools include ion scanners and drug-detector dogs to search buildings, personal property, inmates and visitors.

“CSC is heightening measures to prevent contraband 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 into correctional institutions,” CSC said.

Anyone with information relating to security at CSC institutions, including drug use or trafficking which may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates, and staff at CSC institutions can share that information anonymously by calling 1-866-780-3784, toll-free.

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