Search at Collins Bay Institution finds nearly 500 grams of marijuana

Kingstonist file photo of Collins Bay Institution.

As a result of an exceptional search of the medium security unit at Collins Bay Institution, Correctional Service Canada (CSC) has found and seized unauthorized and contraband items with an estimated institutional value of nearly $50,000.

The search uncovered a number of unauthorized items and contraband, including 486.9 grams of marijuana, and 23.6 grams of tobacco. The institutional value of the seizure is approximately $49,190, CSC said in a press release on Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019. The Institution has returned to its normal operations, and visits to the institution have resumed.

The medium security unit at Collins Bay Institution was put on lockdown on Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2019 after a package containing 161.6 grams of tobacco, and 80.6 grams of marijuana was found at the medium security unit, which CSC believed had been dropped on the grounds of the institution by drone. That incident occurred just four days after a previous lockdown and exceptional search took place at the same unit from Friday, Mar. 8 to Friday, Mar. 15, 2019, during which, a drone and package were seized on the perimeter of the unit. That package contained a number of electronics, 68 grams of hashish, and 263.4 grams of tobacco.

“CSC is strengthening measures to prevent the entry of contraband into its institutions in order to ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone,” the press release on Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019 reads. “CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to have contraband brought into correctional institutions.”

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