Seizure of contraband and unauthorized items at Collins Bay Institution

News release

August 2, 2019 – Kingston, Ontario – Correctional Service Canada

On July 1, and July 30, 2019, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, two packages containing contraband and unauthorized items were seized; the first in the yard of the medium-security unit and the second in the minimum-security unit at Collins Bay Institution.

The contraband items seized in the first package included 529.7 grams of tobacco and 35.6 grams of marijuana. The total estimated institutional value of this seizure is $16,272.80.

The contraband and unauthorized items seized in the second package included 268.1 grams of tobacco, cell phones and accessories. The total estimated institutional value of this seizure is $16,434.40.

The police have been notified and the institution is investigating.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) uses a number of tools to prevent drugs from entering its institutions. These tools include ion scanners and drug-detector dogs to search buildings, personal property, inmates and visitors.

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.



Lynn Dufresne
A/Assistant Warden, Management Services
Collins Bay Institution

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