Seizure of contraband and unauthorized items at Warkworth Institution

News Release

On January 4, 2018, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, a package containing contraband and unauthorized items was seized on the perimeter of Warkworth Institution, a medium security federal institution.

The seized items included 622 grams of marijuana and 423 grams of tobacco. The total estimated institutional value of this seizure is $69,808.72.                                               

Warkworth Institution was placed on lockdown on January 4, 2018, to allow staff to conduct an exceptional search. The exceptional search was ordered to ensure the safety and security of the institution, its staff and inmates. The lockdown has ended and an exceptional search has been completed. The institution has resumed its normal operations.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is heightening measures to prevent contraband from entering its institutions in order to help ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone. CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to introduce contraband into correctional institutions.

CSC introduced a complete smoking ban in all federal correctional institutions in 2008.

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



Anne Marie Joyce

Assistant Warden, Management Services

Warkworth Institution

(705) 924-8104

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