CSC says ‘suspected drone drop’ behind latest seizure at Joyceville Institution

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Exactly a week since the last such report, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has shared details on another seizure of contraband and unauthorized items at Joyceville Institution in Kingston’s northeast end.

On Thursday, May 23, 2024, CSC reported that a package was seized as a result of “the vigilance of staff members” at the medium security institution. The seizure took place on Sunday, May 19, 2024, and was the result of a suspected drone drop, according to Mike Shrider, Regional Communications Manager for the CSC.

This is the 17th reported seizure of contraband/unauthorized items at Joyceville Institution this year, 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 media release, the CSC stated that the items seized were tobacco, cannabis, and cell phone accessories. The total estimated institutional value of the seizure is $76,240. (Institutional value refers to what the items are worth if sold within the federal prison system.)

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 the agency 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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