Drone drops suspected after packages seized at Collins Bay Institution in Kingston

Over the course of eight days, staff members at Collins Bay Institution have seized multiple packages containing contraband and unauthorized items, according to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).

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From Friday, Jul 6 to Saturday, Jul. 18, 2022, multiple packages were seized “as a result of the vigilance of staff members,” at the federal multi-security level institution, CSC said in a press release on Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2022. Those packages, which are suspected to have been dropped on the property of Collins Bay Institution by drones, contained 1.6 kg of tobacco, 457 grams of cannabis, bladed weapons, cell phones, and cell phone accessories.

“The Correctional Service of Canada (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 national agency that oversees all federal correctional facilities stated.

“CSC has measures in place 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.”

Despite those tools and measures, CSC has announced at least 10 such seizures of contraband and/or unauthorized items – some involving multiple packages – since the beginning of 2022.

CSC has set up a telephone tip line for all of its federal institutions in order to receive information about activities relating to security at those institutions, such as drug use or trafficking. The tool-free number, 1-866-780-3784, ensures that information shared through it is protected, and that callers can remain anonymous. Anyone who sees suspicious activity around CSC institutions is encouraged to call that number, or local police (Kingston Police can be reached at 613-549-4660, and tips can be relayed anonymously by calling extension 0 at that number at requesting to remain anonymous).

Drug use or trafficking within federal correctional institutions “may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates, and staff members,” CSC said.

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