CSC details contraband seizure at Collins Bay Institution

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The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has issued a second press release within a week, detailing contraband and unauthorized items seized at Collins Bay Institution.

Earlier this week, CSC announced contraband totalling more than $100,000 in institutional value seized at the multi-security institution since late March. The most recent release, dated Thursday, Apr. 11, 2024, stated that the most recent package seizure — the result of a suspected drone drop — was credited to the “vigilance of staff members”, and was located on Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2024.

“The items seized included tobacco, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, as well as cell phones and accessories. The total estimated institutional value of these seizures is approximately $59,100,” the CSC detailed.

This is the eighth reported seizure of contraband and unauthorized goods at the local multi-security facility since the beginning of 2024. Kingstonist spoke with CSC about the increase in drone drops and the seizure of contraband/unauthorized items at Kingston area federal prisons this year in mid-March.

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 it works “in partnership with police to take action against those who attempt to introduce” such items at federal prisons.

“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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