Drugs seized after suspected drone drop at Joyceville Institution

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Only five days after the last reported occurrence, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) released details on a seizure of contraband and unauthorized items at Joyceville Institution.

According to a media release, dated Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, this fifth seizure — the result of a suspected drone drop, according to CSC — took place at the medium security institution in Kingston’s east end on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2024.

The seized items included:

  • tobacco
  • cannabis
  • Oxycontin pills
  • a cellphone and cellphone accessories

The seizure reportedly had an institutional value of $52,300.

In the release, CSC said that the organization 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.

“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 national agency, which oversees all federal correctional facilities stated. “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 set up a telephone tip line for all of its federal institutions to receive information about activities relating to security at those institutions, such as drug use or trafficking. The toll-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 and 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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