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Multiple packages seized after suspected drone drops at Collins Bay Institution

Collins Bay Penitentiary. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

Drone drops are suspected after staff members at Collins Bay Institution seized multiple packages containing contraband and unauthorized items, according to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).

On Friday, Jul. 22, 2022, multiple packages were seized “as a result of the vigilance of staff members,” at the federal multi-security level institution, CSC said in a press release on Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022. Those packages, contained 35 grams of tobacco, 549 grams of cannabis, 573 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 275 grams of suspected fentanyl, cell phones and cell phone accessories.

“The Correctional Service of Canada (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 national agency that oversees all federal correctional facilities stated.

“CSC has measures in place to prevent contraband and unauthorized items from entering its institutions in order to help ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone. CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to introduce contraband or unauthorized items into correctional institutions.”

Despite those tools and measures, CSC has announced at least 11 such seizures of contraband and/or unauthorized items – some involving multiple packages – since the beginning of January 2022.

CSC has set up a telephone tip line for all of its federal institutions in order to receive information about activities relating to security at those institutions, such as drug use or trafficking. The tool-free number, 1-866-780-3784, ensures that information shared through it is protected, and that callers can remain anonymous. Anyone who sees suspicious activity around CSC institutions is encouraged to call that number, or local police (Kingston Police can be reached at 613-549-4660, and tips can be relayed anonymously by calling extension 0 at that number at requesting to remain anonymous).

Drug use or trafficking within federal correctional institutions “may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates, and staff members,” CSC said.

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