Contraband seized at Joyceville Institution after suspected drone drop

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The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has seized a package at Joyceville Institution, possibly the result of a drone drop.

In a media release, the federal correctional agency reported that the package was seized on Monday, Apr. 15, thanks to the “vigilance of staff members.”

The items inside the package included tobacco, cannabis, cell phones and cell phone accessories, according to the release. The CSC noted that the total estimated institutional value of the seizure is $64,925.

This is the 14th reported seizure at the multi-security facility since the beginning of 2024. The last contraband seizure was reported on Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2024. Kingstonist spoke with CSC about the increase in drone drops and the seizure of contraband/unauthorized items at Kingston area federal prisons this year in mid-March. The report of the Joyceville Institution seizure comes one day after Kingston Police announced the arrest of an individual who allegedly was operating a drone in the area around Collins Bay Institution for the purposes of introducing contraband onto the grounds of the federal property. That individual, police said, had been arrested two months earlier for attempting to do the same thing at Joyceville Institution. To be clear, the incidents reported by Kingston Police are not directly related to the package seizure announced by CSC today (Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2024), but point to the larger, ongoing issue of increased drone drop activity and contraband seizures at federal prisons in the Kingston area.

“The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has heightened measures to prevent contraband and unauthorized items from entering its institutions in order to help ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone,” the federal agency said.

“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 a telephone tip line set up to receive information about activities relating to security at CSC institutions, such as drug use or trafficking, which “may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates, and staff members working at CSC institutions.” Anyone with information about the safety and security of a federal prison can call 1-866-780-3784, which is a secure, toll-free line, and those who provide information can remain anonymous, according to CSC.

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