Package seized after suspected drone drop at Joyceville Institution

A package containing unathorized and contraband items were seized at Joyceville Institution, located off Highway 15 just east of Kingston, after a suspected drone drop, according to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). File photo by Aditya Chinchure.

A package containing contraband and unauthorized items was located and seized at Joyceville Institution “as a result of the vigilance of staff members,” according to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).

The package, reportedly seized on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, contained 149 grams of cannabis, 109 grams of tobacco, rolling papers, cellphones, and cellphone accessories, CSC said in a press release on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. CSC did not say where on the grounds of the federal multi-level security institution the package was located.

“The Correctional Service of Canada (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 federal corrections agency said.

“CSC has measures in place to prevent contraband 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 into correctional institutions.”

CSC operates a telephone tip line to receive information about activities relating to security at all federal institutions. Such activities may be related to drug use or trafficking that could threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates, and staff members working at federal correctional institutions, CSC said. The telephone tip line can be reached toll-free at 1-866-780-3784, where all information shared is secure and anonymous, according to CSC.

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