Package containing drugs, weapons seized at Joyceville Institution

The shoulder badge worn by those with the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). Photo via Canada’s Penitentiary Museum in Kingston’s website.

The pervasive prevalence of contraband and unauthorized items being seized at local federal prisons continues in Kingston, as Joyceville Institution reports yet another package seized on the property.

According to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), a package containing contraband and unauthorized items was seized at Joyceville Institution “as a result of the vigilance of staff members” on Saturday, Mar. 9, 2024. That package is believed to have ended up on the property of the multi-level security prison in Kingston’s east end “as a result of a suspected drone drop,” CSC says.

The package located on Saturday contained tobacco, cannabis, hashish, shatter (cannabis concentrate), cutting weapons, cellphones, and cellphone accessories, all of which were seized, according to the federal correctional authority. The estimated institutional value of the seized items is $51,093, CSC says.

This is the 12th seizure of contraband and/or unauthorized items at Joyceville Institution that CSC has announced so far this year.

“The Correctional Service of Canada (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 federal agency said.

“CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to introduce contraband or unauthorized items into correctional institutions.”

CSC has a telephone tip line set up to receive information about activities relating to security at CSC institution, such as drug use or trafficking, which “may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates, and staff members working at CSC institutions.” Anyone with information pertaining to the safety and security of a federal prison can call 1-866-780-3784, which is a secure, toll-free line, and those who provide information can remain anonymous, according to CSC.

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