Kingston Police arrest individuals attempting to get contraband over the wall at Collins Bay Institution

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Two individuals are facing charges after allegedly attempting to throw packages over the wall at Collins Bay Institution earlier this week.

According to a release from Kingston Police, at approximately 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jun. 13, 2024, members of the Kingston Police Patrol Division responded to a report of two individuals attempting to throw packages over the wall at Collins Bay Institution.

“Officers received information from correctional staff that the individuals were last observed fleeing into the field directly behind the institution. Members of the Kingston Police Emergency Response Unit as well as the K-9 Unit attended to assist with the investigation,” police detailed.

Kingston Police K9 “Dak” was able to establish a track which subsequently led to the discovery and arrest of two individuals who were hiding in a swamp behind the institution, according to the release.

Both individuals were arrested and transported to Kingston Police Headquarters where they were held for a bail hearing.

A 23-year-old North York individual and an 18-year-old Toronto individual were jointly charged with:

  • Mischief endangering life
  • Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence
  • Trespass at a penitentiary
  • Possession of cannabis for the purpose of distributing
  • Trafficking a schedule 1 substance

Additionally, the 18-year-old individual, who is on bail for committing several violent offences in the Toronto area including three armed robberies, was also charged with three counts of failing to comply with a release order.

According to the release, a quantity of marijuana, tobacco and crystal methamphetamine was seized in relation to this investigation. Officers also seized cell phones and cell phone accessories which the individuals were attempting to introduce into the institution. The total institutional value of all items seized is approximately $41,000, police stated.

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