Edged weapons among items seized after suspected drone drop at Collins Bay Institution

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Edged weapons, alongside drugs and cellphone accessories, were seized at Collins Bay Institution after the most recent packages were located on the property —the result of suspected drone drops, according to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).

In a media release, dated Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2024, the CSC noted that between April 16 and 22, 2024, “as a result of the vigilance of staff members,” several packages containing contraband and unauthorized items were seized at the Bath Road institution.

The CSC said that the seized items were tobacco, cannabis, drug paraphernalia, edged weapons, and cellphone accessories. The total estimated institutional value of these seizures was reported as approximately $157,220. (Institutional value refers to what the items are worth if sold within the federal prison system.)

This is the 10th reported seizure of contraband and unauthorized goods at the local multi-security facility 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.

According to the release, the 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 CSC noted, 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 stated.

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

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