Contraband, unauthorized items seized at Joyceville Institution

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Less than a week after the previous report of contraband seizures at Joyceville Institution, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) issued a media release sharing details on a package containing contraband and unauthorized items that was seized at the multi-level security federal institution.

According to the CSC, a package containing the items was seized “as the result of the vigilance of staff members” at the prison on Sunday, Jun. 2, 2024. The federal correctional service authority said the package ended up on the property of Joyceville Institution as “the result of a suspected drone drop,” and contained tobacco, cannabis, and a cellphone and accessories, which were seized by CSC employees.

The CSC stated that the estimated institutional value of the items seized (what the seized items would be worth if sold to those inside the correctional system) is $82,707.

This is the nineteenth reported seizure to take place at Joyceville Institution in 2024, 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 release, the CSC 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, the CSC noted, adding that the agency works “in partnership with police to take action against those who attempt to introduce” such items at federal prisons.

Kingstonist inquired with Kingston Police about an increased police presence at Collins Bay Institution over the weekend prior to CSC reporting this seizure. According to Kingston Police, this was one of three incidents involving prisons in the Kingston area and suspected drone drops – one of the other two also occurred at Joyceville Institution, and the other occurred at Collins Bay Institution on the same night. Constable Anthony Colangeli confirmed that arrests did take place, but was unable to offer further details at this time. The CSC has not confirmed the other two incidents.

“CSC has set up a telephone tip line for all federal institutions so that it may receive additional information about activities relating to security at CSC institutions. These activities may be related to drug use or trafficking that may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates, and staff members working at CSC institutions,” the organization stated.

“The toll-free number, 1-866-780-3784, helps ensure that the information shared is protected and that callers remain anonymous.”

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