CSC reports more contraband seized at local correctional institutions after suspected drone drops

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Earlier this week, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) seized packages at two correctional institutions in the Kingston area — both the result of suspected drone drops.

The first incidents took place at Joyceville Institution, where multiple packages containing contraband and unauthorized items were seized between Tuesday, Apr. 30 and Wednesday, May 1, 2024, according to a release from the CSC.

The items seized, thanks to the “vigilance of staff members,” included tobacco, cannabis, cellphones and cellphone accessories, the CSC detailed. The total estimated institutional value of this seizure was $131,415. (Institutional value refers to what the items are worth if sold within the federal prison system.)

The following day, Thursday, May 2, 2024, a package was seized at Millhaven Institution containing tobacco, cannabis, and edged weapons, with an institutional value of $19,570, according to the CSC.

This is the second such reported incident at Millhaven this year, and the 15th at Joyceville Institution. 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 CSC, it 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.”

“CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to introduce contraband or unauthorized items into correctional institutions,” the federal agency stated.

CSC has a telephone tip line set up to receive information about activities relating to security at CSC institutions, such as drug use or trafficking, which “may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates, and staff members working at CSC institutions.” Anyone with information about the safety and security of a federal prison can call 1-866-780-3784, which is a secure, toll-free line, and those who provide information can remain anonymous, according to CSC.

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