Well over $2 million worth of contraband and unauthorized items were seized at Collins Bay Institution over a week, from Nov. 16 to Nov. 23, 2021.
According to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), the seized items included tobacco, drugs (marijuana and shatter), cell phones and cell phone accessories. The total estimated institutional value of these seizures is $2,498,289.
The institution and the Ontario Provincial Police penitentiary squad are currently investigating the circumstances of these seizures. CSC said they are unable to comment on the number of packages seized or the suspected means by with the packages were delivered to the Penitentiary property due to the ongoing investigation of the Joint Forces Penitentiary Squad.
According to a release from the CSC, the organization 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 Correctional Service of Canada 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,” the national correctional authority said. “CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to introduce contraband and/or unauthorized items into correctional institutions.”
Anyone with information relating to security at CSC institutions, including drug use or trafficking which may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates, and staff at CSC institutions can share that information anonymously by calling 1-866-780-3784, toll-free.