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Four arrests made for drone use, drug smuggling at Collins Bay Institution

Some of the items seized after a drone and contraband package were intercepted at Collins Bay Institution in March of 2020. Photos via OPP.

The Joint Forces Penitentiary Squad, led by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), have arrested four people in connection with the use of a drone to smuggle contraband into Collins Bay Institution.

The lengthy investigation, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch and the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), began on Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020, when CSC reported that a drone was operated in the area of Collins Bay Institution. CSC, with the assistance of Kingston Police, seized a drone, cannabis, and cigars, and CSC seized a contraband package on institutional grounds that contained weapons, tobacco, and cannabis. At that time, two people from Quebec were arrested in connection to the incident. The investigation continued with the assistance of Sûreté du Québec, the OPP said in a press release on Thursday, Jun. 11, 2020.

The drone seized after being intercepted just outside Collins Bay Institution property in March of 2020. Photo via OPP.

As a result of that investigation, for people were identified and charged in locations in Ontario and Quebec on Tuesday, Jun. 9, 2020.

Marc Fontaine, 39, of Sainte Anne des Plaines, Quebec, has been charged with:

  • Five counts of participation in a criminal organization
  • 13 counts of mischief
  • Nine counts of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Two counts of possession of the proceeds of property obtained by crime
  • Two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking under the Cannabis Act

Nachoua Hiba Kord, 23, of Sainte Anne des Plaines, Quebec, has been charged with:

  • Two counts of participation in a criminal organization
  • Two counts of mischief
  • Two counts of conspiracy to commit an indicatable offence
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking under the Cannabis Act

Len Aragon, 30, of Toronto, Ontario, has been charged with:

  • Participation in a criminal organization
  • Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence

Rachel Chen, 26, or Mississauga, Ontario, has been charged with:

  • Two counts of participation in a criminal organization
  • Two counts of conspiracy to commit and indictable offence

All four accused parties have been released from custody and are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston in August of 2020.

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