Contraband seized at Joyceville Institution amid rise in suspected drone drops

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As contraband continues to be seized at Kingston area federal prisons, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has reported another such seizure at Joyceville Institution – the second contraband seizure reported by the CSC today.

On Thursday, May 16, 2024, CSC reported that a package containing contraband and unauthorized items was seized at Joyceville Institution, a medium-security prison in Kingston’s east end. That package was seized the day prior “as a result of the vigilance of staff members” at the institution, the CSC said in a press release.

According to the national correctional authority, the package is suspected to have ended up on the property of Joyceville Institution as the result of a drone drop. This is the 16th reported seizure of contraband/unauthorized items at Joyceville Institution this year, while 11 such seizures have been reported by the CSC after occurring at Collins Bay Institution, and two have occurred at Millhaven Institution in Bath, just west of Kingston in Loyalist Township.

Kingstonist spoke with the CSC in March about the rising number of these incidents locally.

According to the CSC, the package seized on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Joyceville Institution included tobacco, cannabis, a cellphone, and cellphone accessories. The federal correctional authority said the estimated institutional value of the items is $63,000.

“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. CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to introduce contraband or unauthorized items into correctional institutions,” the federal agency said in the release.

The CSC has a telephone tip line set up to receive information about activities relating to security at any of its institutions. Such activities may be related to drug use or trafficking, which “may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates, and staff members,” at federal prisons, the CSC said. Anyone with such information can contact the CSC at 1-866-780-3784, where information shared is protected and callers can remain anonymous, according to the agency.

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