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Multiple packages seized at perimeter of Collins Bay institution

Kingston Police and CSC staff at Collins Bay Institution. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

Over the past three weeks multiple packages have been seized at the perimeter of Collins Bay institution, a multi-level security facility.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) cites “the vigilance of staff members” for the success in keeping these packages out of the general population.

The contraband seized included tobacco, drugs, cell phones, and homemade stabbing weapons. The total estimated institutional value of these seizures is $103,190.

The drugs found in the seizure were marijuana and shatter. They were recovered as the result of an intercepted throw-over, according to Mike Shrider, Communications Officer for CSC.

According to the CSC, a number of tools are used to prevent drugs from entering its institutions. These tools include ion scanners and drug-detector dogs to search buildings, personal property, inmates and visitors.

“CSC is heightening measures to prevent contraband from entering its institutions in order to help ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone,” the national correctional authority said in a press release on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. “CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to introduce contraband into correctional institutions.”

CSC has a telephone tip line for all federal institutions in order to receive 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 toll-free number, 1-866-780-3784, helps ensure that the information shared is protected and that callers remain anonymous, according to CSC.

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