Seizures of several bags of contraband were the result of the vigilance of staff members
Correctional staff at Millhaven Institution just east of Bath, Ont. this week seized tobacco, hash, cannabis concentrates and methamphetamine.
Staff at the maximum-security federal institution, rated to house about 500 inmates, discovered the contraband and unauthorized items on Aug 9.
The seizures of several bags of contraband were the result of the vigilance of staff members, the department reports.
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CSC and its staff have tools to help prevent contraband from entering correctional institutions such as ion scanners, detector dogs and a telephone tip line, as well as work with police to thwart the introduction of contraband and unauthorized items.
Despite the preventive measures in place, though, attempts to smuggle contraband into correctional centres and institutions across the country are hardly a unique event.
Just this month at the maximum-security Donnacona Institution in Quebec, staff discovered a package containing 290 grams of cannabis, 86 grams of hashish, 500 grams of tobacco, one cellphone and accessories and two knives. The institution value of the items was $58,750.
On July 5, a package was intercepted at Mountain Institution, a medium security federal institution, in B.C. The confiscated items included a THC-based compound and fentanyl that was estimated to be worth $23,000.
On June 22, correctional officers at the maximum-security Edmonton Institution seized items from inmates during a search. In all, correctional officers, detector-dog teams and security intelligence officers seized 19 cellular phones, multiple stabbing weapons, tobacco, multiple nicotine patches, 48 grams of THC and 66 grams of crystal methamphetamine estimated to be worth $296,000.
Also in June, CSC announced that multiple packages containing about 1.1 kilograms of cannabis, 1.3 kilograms of tobacco, 123 grams of an unknown substance, and cellphones and accessories were confiscated from the Collins Bay Institution in Kingston, Ont. between June 3 and 5.
Those amounts, however, are nowhere near the value of the contraband confiscated at the Edmonton Institution on May 10. Among other items, staff seized hashish, methamphetamine, shatter, pills (including fentanyl), stabbing weapons, cellphones, cellphone chargers and SIM cards having a combined institutional value of $712,400.
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