Drugs, weapons seized after suspected drone drops at Collins Bay Institution

A drone hovers in the air while directing red light to illuminate images it captures. File photo by Aditya Chinchure.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has seized a number of contraband and prohibited items at Collins Bay Institution, items believed to have ended up on the federal prison property as the result of drone drops.

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, CSC announced that employees at Collins Bay Institution had located and seized the unauthorized items “over the last two weeks.” According to the national correctional services agency, items confiscated at the medium-security during that time included:

  • Tobacco
  • Cannabis
  • Crystal methamphetamine
  • Shatter (cannabis concentrate)
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Stabbing weapons
  • Cellphones
  • Cellphone accessories

The total estimated institutional value of the seized items is $385,000, CSC said, noting that the organizations uses a number of tools to prevent drugs from entering its institution, including ion scanners and detector dogs which search “buildings, personal property, inmates, and visitors.”

“CSC has heighted 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 correctional authority said, adding that it 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 continued.

“The toll-free number, 1-866-780-3784, helps ensure that the information shared is protected and that callers remain anonymous.”

This is the first announcement from CSC regarding seized items and/or drone drops at Collins Bay Institution in 2024. In 2023, CSC reported at least nine instances where contraband and/or prohibited items were seized by CSC staff at Collins Bay Institution, the vast majority of which are believed to have entered prison property by drone drop.

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