In what feels like a rash of recent occurrences, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has again seized contraband and unauthorized items at Joyceville Institution.
This is the fourth such seizure at the federal institution in Kingston’s east end in 2024. Collins Bay Institution on Bath Road has had three such seizures this year as well.
The CSC noted that this most recent occurrence, which took place on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, was the result of an exceptional search by staff.
The contraband and unauthorized items seized included:
- a quantity of unknown pills
- stabbing weapons
- a cell phone
- cell phone accessories
This seizure reportedly had an institutional value of $35,100.
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 heightened measures 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, which 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 to receive information about activities relating to security at those institutions, such as drug use or trafficking. The toll-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.