Search of inmate mail results in seizure of drugs, tobacco at Bath Institution

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Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) staff members conducting a “routine search” of incoming mail addressed to inmates at Bath Institution are responsible for detecting “several” packages containing contraband and unauthorized items, according to the CSC.

The packages were seized at the medium security prison on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, and found to include approximately 196 grams of shatter (cannabis concentrate), 62 grams of tobacco, 40 grams of cannabis, and 30 grams of cocaine, the CSC said.

“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 federal corrections authority said in a press release on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022.

“CSC has measures in place to prevent contraband 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 into correctional institutions.”

Additionally, the CSC operates a telephone tip line to receive information about activities relating to security at all federal institutions. Such activities may be related to drug use or trafficking that could threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates, and staff members working at federal correctional institutions, the CSC said. The telephone tip line can be reached toll-free at 1-866-780-3784, where all information shared is secure and anonymous, according to CSC.

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