The medium security unit at Collins Bay Institution is currently on lockdown following the seizure of multiple packages containing contraband and unauthorized items.
Staff members confiscated the packages at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, according to a press release from Correctional Service Canada (CSC). Confiscated contraband and unauthorized items include marijuana, five cell phones, five cell phone chargers, five USB flash drives, cigars, ceramic knives, scissors, rolling papers, and a ratchet socket bit.
A lockdown was put in place to allow staff to conduct an exceptional search of the medium security unit, which is the same unit where two staff members were assaulted and injured less than a week ago.
“The search was ordered to ensure the safety of the institution, its staff and inmates,” CSC said.
“Normal operations will resume as soon as it is considered safe to do so.”
Regularly scheduled visits at the institution may be affected, and visitors who have already planned visits are asked to contact the institution directly.
Police have been notified, and the institution is investigating.
CSC has a telephone tip line for all federal institutions to receive information relating to security at CSC Institutions, such as activities related to drug use or trafficking which may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates and staff members. The toll-free number is 1-866-780-3784, and all information shared is protected and anonymous.