‘Suspected drone drops’ lead to fourth contraband seizure of 2024 at Collins Bay Institution

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The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has announced the fourth round of seizures of contraband and unauthorized items at Collins Bay Institution so far this year.

According to the CSC, the items may have entered the medium-security facility as a result of “suspected drone drops” between February 1 and 4, 2024.

The items seized included tobacco, cannabis, drug paraphernalia and cell phone accessories, and were discovered through the “vigilance of staff members,” CSC said in a media release, dated Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024.

The total estimated institutional value of these seizures is $157,700, CSC said, noting that the organization uses a number of tools to prevent drugs from entering its institution, including ion scanners and detector dogs which search “buildings, personal property, inmates, and visitors.”

“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 national correctional authority said, adding that it works “in partnership with police to take action against those who attempt to introduce” such items at federal prisons.

“CSC 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. These activities may be related to drug use or trafficking that may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates, and staff members working at CSC institutions,” the organization continued.

“The toll-free number, 1-866-780-3784, helps ensure that the information shared is protected and that callers remain anonymous.”

Noting the marked increase in the number of seizures of contraband and/or unauthorized items at federal institutions locally, Kingstonist has inquired with CSC to confirm this increase and find out further details. More in-depth coverage of this matter will be provided in the coming days.

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