CSC seize drugs, weapons and more after suspected drone drop at Millhaven Institution

Photo by Logan Cadue/Kingstonist.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has seized several packages containing contraband and unauthorized items at Millhaven Institution, located just west of Kingston.

According to a release from the federal correctional agency, the packages were seized on Thursday, Apr. 25, 2024, as a result of a suspected drone drop and were located as a result of “the vigilance of staff members.”

The items seized included tobacco, cannabis, shatter (cannabis concentrate), hashish, crystal methamphetamine, hydromorphone pills, an unknown white powder, drug paraphernalia, edged weapons, as well as cell phones and accessories. According to the release, the total estimated institutional value of these seizures is approximately $330,835. (Institutional value refers to what the items are worth if sold within the federal prison system.)

In the Kingston area, the incidence of seizures of this nature at federal institutions has been very high. While this is the first incidence at Millhaven, the CSC has announced 14 similar seizures at Joyceville Institution and nine at Collins Bay Institution since the beginning of 2024. 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.

“The Correctional Service of Canada (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 federal agency said.

“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 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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