Over $95K of contraband seized at Joyceville Institution after suspected drone drops

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As a result of “the vigilance of staff members,” contraband and unauthorized items were seized at Joyceville Institution, a multi-security prison in Kingston’s east end, between January 26 and 28, 2024 — the third such occurrence so far this year.

According to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), the contraband was on the federal property the result of suspected drone drops, and included tobacco, cannabis, hashish, stabbing weapons, cell phones, and accessories.

In a media release dated Monday, Jan 29, 2024, the federal correctional agency revealed that the total estimated institutional value of these seizures is $95,900.

In the release, CSC said that 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.

“CSC has heightened measures to prevent contraband and unauthorized items from entering its institutions in order to help ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone,” the national agency that oversees all federal correctional facilities stated. “CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to introduce contraband or unauthorized items into correctional institutions.”

To receive information about activities relating to security at those institutions, such as drug use or trafficking, the CSC has set up a telephone tip line for all of its federal institutions. The toll-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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