Correctional Officers in the Assessment Unit at Joyceville Institution have seized contraband and unauthorized items attempting to be brought into the Institution.
According to Correctional Service Canada (CSC), the officers intercepted inmates who were attempting to bring the items into the Institution on Sunday, Jul. 14, 2019. The contraband seized includes 111.08 grams of tobacco and 153.05 grams of marijuana. The total institutional value of the seizure is estimated at $26,493.00
This seizure appears to have occurred just days after the Assessment Unit of the Institution was on lockdown in order for an exceptional search to take place. That lockdown was put in place on Friday, Jul. 5, 2019, and the search found a number of unauthorized items, including weapons. According to CSC, that lockdown ended on Thursday, Jul. 11, 2019.
Police have been notified of the seizure, and the institution is investigating.
“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,” CSC said in a press release on Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2019.
That toll-free number, 1-866-780-3784, ensures that information shared there is protected, and callers can remain anonymous.
Editorial note: This article originally stated that the contraband appeared to have been intercepted while the Assessment Unit was on lockdown, as CSC issued a press release stating the lockdown ended on Monday, Jul. 15, 2019. In fact, the lockdown ended on Thursday, Jul. 11, 2019, but the press release from CSC didn’t explain that. The article has been updated to reflect the fact that the lockdown was completely over at the time the contraband was intercepted, and that the contraband found on the inmates was a completely separate incident from the lockdown and exceptional search. (Updated on Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2019).