Packages seized at Collins Bay Institution contained drugs, stabbing weapons

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Over the course of six days, staff members at Collins Bay Institution have seized several packages containing contraband and unauthorized items, according to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).

From Tuesday, Jan. 24 to Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, multiple packages were seized “as a result of the vigilance of staff members,” at the federal multi-security level institution, CSC said in a press release on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. Those packages contained 1.4 kilograms of cannabis, 244 grams of fentanyl, 256 grams of tobacco, stabbing weapons, as well as cell phones, and 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,” the national agency that oversees all federal correctional facilities stated.

“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.”

Despite those tools and measures, CSC announced at least 14 such seizures of contraband and/or unauthorized items – some involving multiple packages – in 2022.

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