Multiple packages seized at Collins Bay Institution after suspected drone drops

Collins Bay Institution. Photo by Lucas Mulder/Kingstonist.

In the second media release from the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) today, Thursday, Mar. 7, 2024, the federal correctional agency reported the seizure of multiple packages of contraband and unauthorized items at Collins Bay Institution since the beginning of March.

These seizures, the sixth reported by the CSC at the multi-security institution on Bath Road so far this year, took place between Mar. 2 and 5, 2024, and are credited to the “vigilance of staff members”, according to the release.

“The items seized included tobacco, cannabis, cellphones, and cellphone accessories, edged weapons and a device used to break windows. The total estimated institutional value of these seizures is approximately $77,700,” CSC reported.

Mike Shrider, Regional Communications Manager for the CSC, noted that these seizures were the result of suspected drone drops.

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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