Over a kilogram of cannabis among items seized at Collins Bay Institution

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Over the weekend, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) seized packages at Collins Bay Institution suspected of making their way onto the property in what has become one of the more common forms of smuggling contraband into correctional facilities — delivery by drone

“As the result of the vigilance of staff members,” the packages, which contained contraband and unauthorized items, were seized at the institution between June 16 and 19, 2023, according to CSC.

The national correctional authority suspects the packages were dropped by drone onto the property of the medium-security prison. In a press release today, Friday, Jun. 23, 2023, CSC detailed that items seized as a result included approximately 1.5 kilograms of cannabis, 850 grams of tobacco and rolling papers, as well as cellphones and accessories.

“The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) uses a number of tools to prevent drugs and contraband from entering its institutions. These tools include ion scanners and drug-detector dogs to search buildings, personal property, inmates, and visitors,” CSC said.

Additionally, CSC has a telephone tip line set up specifically to receive information about activities related to security at any federal institution. Those activities “may be related to drug use or trafficking that may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates, and staff members” at those institutions, according to CSC. The tip line, which allows callers to remain anonymous, can be reached at 1-866-780-3784.

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