CSC reports tobacco, cannabis seized at Joyceville Institution

A view inside the multi-level-security Joyceville Institution, located just east of Kingston. Photo via CSC on Facebook, 2020.

For the eighteenth time this year, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has reported that contraband and unauthorized items have been seized at Joyceville Institution.

According to the CSC, a package containing the items was seized “as the result of the vigilance of staff members” at the multi-level-security prison on Thursday, May 30, 2024. The federal correctional service authority said the package ended up on the property of Joyceville Institution as “the result of a suspected drone drop,” and contained tobacco, cannabis, and cellphone accessories, which were seized by CSC employees.

The CSC stated that the estimated institutional value of the items seized (what the seized items would be worth if sold to those inside the correctional system) is $48,340.

As noted, this is the eighteenth reported seizure to take place at Joyceville Institution in 2024, while 11 such seizures have been reported by the CSC after occurring at Collins Bay Institution, and two have occurred at Millhaven Institution in Bath, just west of Kingston in Loyalist Township.

Kingstonist spoke with the CSC in March about the rising number of these incidents locally.

In a press release regarding the latest seizure, the CSC reiterated that it employs “a number of tools to prevent drugs from entering its institutions in order to help ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone.

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

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