Drugs, paraphernalia seized at Joyceveille institution following suspected drone drop

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Earlier this week, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) seized a package containing contraband and unauthorized items at Joyceville Institution in Kingston’s northeast end.

The latest seizure is the 11th such occurrence this year at this institution announced by CSC, and was the result of a search by staff following a suspected drone drop, according to Mike Shrider, Regional Communications Manager for CSC.

In a media release, CSC reported that the package was seized on Monday, Mar. 4, 2024, and contained cannabis, hashish, and crystal methamphetamine, as well as drug paraphernalia and cellphone accessories.

“The total estimated institutional value of the seizure is $106,100,” CSC stated while citing the “vigilance of staff members” for locating the contraband.

“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 federal organization said.

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

The federal correctional authority has a telephone tip line to receive information about activities relating to security at CSC institutions, including activities related to drug use or trafficking that “may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates, and staff members” working at federal prisons, CSC said, noting that information shared on the tip line is protected and callers can remain anonymous. The tip line can be reached at 1-866-780-3784.

Prior to this occurrence, the last report of contraband and/or unauthorized items being seized at Joyceville Institution occurred on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2024.

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