Packages containing marijuana, tobacco seized at Collins Bay Institution

Staff members at Collins Bay Institution seized two packages containing contraband and unauthorized items last week, according to Correctional Service Canada (CSC).

Collins Bay Institution. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

CSC said the packages were seized within the multi-level federal facility, but did not specify where or in which unit – Collins Bay Institution has a capacity for a total of 760 inmates across maximum, medium, and minimum security units.

According to CSC, items seized included 466 grams of tobacco, 369 grams of marijuana, 53 grams of shatter (cannabis concentrate), and drug paraphernalia, as well as cell phones and cell phone accessories.

“The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) 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 said in a press release on Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2022.

“CSC 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. 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 also relayed that it has set up a telephone tip line for all federal institutions so that it may receive additional information about activities relating to security at CSC institutions, such as those 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.

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