Three facing charges after attempted throw-over at Bath Institution

Photo by Logan Cadue.

Three people have been arrested after a report of individuals attempting to throw contraband over the exterior wall at the Bath Correctional Institution.

At approximately 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2022, officers with the Lennox & Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to the Bath Institution in Loyalist Township. According to a release from the OPP, officers arrived on scene and learned that Correctional Officers had apprehended three suspects. A loaded firearm had also been seized.

L&A County OPP, the OPP Emergency Response Team, OPP Canine Unit, OPP Penitentiary Squad, and the Correctional Service of Canada all assisted in securing the area. 

As a result of an investigation, L&A County OPP have charged Shaqwan James, age 22, of North York, a 16-year-old male from Oshawa, and a 17-year-old male from Ajax, with:

  • Conspiracy to Commit Indictable Offence
  • Mischief – Interfere with lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property-under $5000
  • Possession for the purpose of distributing
  • Trespasses at a penitentiary

The 17-year-old was also charged with two counts of Fail to Comply with Sentence

The 16-year-old was additionally charged with:

  • Obstruct Peace Officer
  • Carrying concealed weapon
  • Occupant of Motor Vehicle knowing there was Firearm
  • Possession of loaded prohibited or restricted firearm
  • Possession of a firearm, prohibited or restricted weapon obtain by crime
  • Transfer Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon without Authority
  • Careless storage of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited device or ammunition
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Breach of Firearms Regulation – transport firearm or restricted weapon

All accused are being held in custody pending a bail hearing, OPP said.

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