Kingston Police arrest four individuals attempting to drop contraband at Joyceville Institution

Joyceville Institution has seen more than its fair share of contraband and unauthorized items seized on the federal property since the beginning of 2024, and yesterday, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, Kingston Police managed to find and arrest four individuals involved in an attempt to get more contraband onto the property.

According to a media release from Kingston Police, at approximately 2:30 a.m. yesterday morning, staff at Joyceville Institution observed drone activity in the area of the institution. Kingston Police were contacted and responded to the area.

Upon arrival, officers reportedly located a vehicle running in a nearby parking lot with two occupants inside.

“Through the course of investigation, officers determined the occupants of the vehicle were involved in an attempt to introduce contraband into Joyceville Institution. Further investigation led to the discovery of two sets of footprints leading into a wooded area adjacent to the parking lot. Upon making this discovery, the officers requested the assistance of the Kingston Police Canine Unit,” police said.

Police Service Dog (PSD) Dak is all smiles between his handler, Constable Jeff Dickson (left), and his Sergeant, Paul Doak, in July 2023. Doak handles his own PSD, Bask, when on duty with the Canine Unit. Photo by Michelle Dorey Forestell/Kingstonist.

The Canine Unit, including Police Service Dog “Dak,” arrived on scene and, with the assistance of patrol officers, initiated a track. According to the release, the track resulted in the location and successful apprehension of two individuals who were also involved in attempting to introduce contraband into Joyceville Institution.

While this was occurring, staff at Joyceville Institution intercepted and seized three packages, the sixth such seizure since the beginning of the year. According to the release, the contraband and unauthorized items seized from the packages included tobacco, cannabis, and edged weapons, as well as cell phones and cell phone accessories.

Police said the total estimated institutional value of these seizures is $70,000.

“A search of the arrested parties and vehicle led to the discovery of a drone and drone accessories, packaging materials, a cell phone and cell phone accessories as well as a quantity of marijuana and tobacco,” police said.

An 18-year-old individual from Woodbridge, Ont., an 18-year-old individual from East York, Ont., and a 20-year-old individual from Etobicoke, Ont., were arrested and charged with:

  • Mischief
  • Possession for the purpose of distributing cannabis
  • Trespass at a penitentiary

Additionally, 26-year-old individual, also from Etobicoke, was arrested and charged with:

  • Mischief
  • Possession for the purpose of distributing cannabis
  • Trespass at a penitentiary
  • Two counts of failure to comply with a release order

Police said all four individuals were transported to Kingston Police headquarters where they were held for a bail hearing.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) confirmed the reports of Kingston Police as outlined above.

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