Contraband seizure at Joyceville Institution result of suspected drone drop

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Multiple packages containing contraband and unauthorized items were seized at Joyceville Institution, a multi-security prison in Kingston’s east end.

According to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), the seizure was “the result of the vigilance of staff members,” and was made on Monday, Nov. 26, 2022.

The seized items included 475 grams of tobacco, 220 grams of cannabis, 28 grams of shatter (cannabis concentrate), as well as cell phones, CSC said in a media release dated Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. According to the release, this seizure was the result of a suspected drone drop.

In the release, CSC said that the organization 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.

“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,” the national agency that oversees all federal correctional facilities stated. “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).

Drug use or trafficking within federal correctional institutions “may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates, and staff members,” CSC said.

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