Individual arrested after alleged drone drop attempt at Collins Bay Institution

Photo by Lucas Mulder/Kingstonist.

A Quebec resident is facing charges after frontline officers from the Kingston Police General Patrol Division arrested an individual carrying a bag and acting suspiciously in the area of Bayswater Place, south of Bath Road.

According to a release from Kingston Police, officers saw the individual at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 31, 2024, exiting a wooded area to the west.

“This individual was carrying a bag and upon seeing the officers they immediately dropped the bag and began to run toward Bath Road,” Kingston Police detailed.

Recognizing that this was a known location for drone activity in relation to Collins Bay Institution, police said that the officers caught up to the individual and placed them under investigative detention. According to the release, police retrieved the bag that the individual had discarded, and a drone was discovered inside along with a large package wrapped in tape with a string attached to it. The accused was subsequently arrested.

“Further investigation revealed that the accused had previously been arrested in Kingston in February 2024 for similar offences related to attempting to introduce drugs into a Correctional Services Canada site via the use of a drone,” police explained.

“The accused had subsequently been released on numerous conditions including to not be in possession of any drones or unlawful drugs. The accused was also to remain at least one kilometre away from any Correctional Services Canada sites. The incident on this date had taken place within that specified radius.”

In response to Kingstonist inquiries, Constable Ash Gutheinz, a Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police, shared that the previous incident took place at Joyceville Institution. Police did not publicly release information about that incident at the time.

According to the release, the accused was transported to police headquarters where they were held to attend a bail hearing the following day.

Police processed the large package that had been discovered inside the discarded bag and located approximately 204 grams of cannabis and 387 grams of tobacco.

Lionel Pierre Louis, a 24-year-old individual from Quebec, was charged with:

  • Mischief endangering life
  • Possession for the purpose of selling
  • Possessing illicit cannabis
  • Possession of cannabis for the purpose of distributing
  • Five counts of failing to comply with a release order

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