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Almost $140K in contraband seized at two Quebec prisons

Oct 27, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Contraband confiscated over three-day period includes hash, marijuana and cannabis wax

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Correctional officers in Quebec have been busy confiscating contraband this month, with almost $140,000 worth of drugs and other unauthorized items being seized at two facilities over a three-day period.

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The bigger of the two busts occurred at the Drummond Institution, a federal medium-security facility.

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On Oct. 18 and 19, 2022, staff vigilance prompted the discovery of contraband with an institution value of $102,660, notes a statement this week from Correctional Service Canada (CSC). Specifically, the items seized by correctional officers included 558 grams of hashish, one gram of cannabis wax, 878 grams of tobacco, eight cellphones, charging cables and SIM cards.

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Cannabis was also among the contraband confiscated at another federal medium-security facility, the Cowansville Institution.

On Oct. 20, staff there found $17,760 in items, including 100 grams of hashish, 38 grams of cannabis, 12 grams of cannabis wax, 50 grams of tobacco, one cellphone and two SIM cards, CSC reports.

Just one day earlier on Oct. 19, staff discovered a package containing 87 grams of hashish and 550 grams of tobacco which, combined, had an estimated institutional value of $17,450.

Contraband is confiscated regularly in CSC facilities. Just recently at the Kent Institution in B.C., about $150,000 in contraband, including cannabis concentrates, was seized.

Earlier this month in Kingston, Ont., correctional officers at the Joyceville Institution recovered a package containing 205 grams of tobacco, 215 grams of cannabis, 132 grams of shatter (marijuana concentrate), 110 grams of hashish and an unidentified number of cellphones and related accessories on Oct. 14.

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However, two finds in late summer, one in Alberta and one in Manitoba, proved far larger.

At the Grande Cache Institution in Alberta in early September, $428,000 in contraband that included 402 grams of shatter, cellphones, chargers and SIM cards $428,200 was confiscated.

And in late August in Manitoba, staff at Stony Mountain Institution seized cannabis concentrates, methamphetamine, fentanyl, cigarettes, rolling papers, cellphones, phone-charging equipment and SIM cards. All totalled, the unauthorized items hand an institutional value of more than $1.8 million.

All seizures are thanks to staff vigilance and a set of security measures that CSC has in place. These include ion scanners and drug-detector dogs, as well as CSC working with police to take action against those who try to smuggle contraband into facilities and offering a tip line for all federal institutions.

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