Multiple packages of contraband seized at Collins Bay Institution

Collins Bay Institution on Bath Road. Photo by Lucas Mulder/Kingstonist.

In a media release, dated Monday, Apr. 8, 2024, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) said that multiple packages containing contraband and unauthorized items were seized at Collins Bay Institution between March 28 and April 1, 2024.

According to the release, the items seized included tobacco, cannabis, drug paraphernalia, as well as cell phones and accessories, and are credited to the “vigilance of staff members.”

The CSC reported they suspect the packages arrived on the property as a result of drone drops. The total estimated institutional value of the items found in these seizures is approximately $114,700.

This is the seventh 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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