CSC reports suspected drone drop at Joyceville Institution

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The multi-security-level correctional institution on the eastern outskirts of Kingston was the site of a suspected drone drop recently, according to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).

The national correctional authority relayed that both drugs and tobacco were located and seized “as the result of the vigilance of staff members” at Joyceville Institution on Monday, Feb. 20, 2023. Specifically, a package – which CSC suspects was dropped by a drone onto the property of the penitentiary – was seized, and found to contain 340 grams of cannabis, 200 grams of tobacco, and 30 grams of shatter (a cannabis concentrate), as well as cellphones and cellphone accessories, according to CSC.

CSC noted their agency “uses a number of tools to prevent drugs and contraband from entering its institutions,” in a press release on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023.

“These tools include ion scanners and drug-detector dogs to search buildings, personal property, inmates, and visitors,” they said.

Additionally, CSC has a telephone tip line set up specifically to receive information about activities related to security at any federal institution. Those activities “may be related to drug use or trafficking that may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates, and staff members” at those institutions, according to CSC. The tip line, which allows callers to remain anonymous, can be reached at 1-866-780-3784.


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