Seizures of contraband and unauthorized items at Kent Institution 

News release

July 12, 2022 – Agassiz, British Columbia – Correctional Service Canada

On July 6, 2022, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, a package containing contraband and unauthorized items was seized at Kent Institution, a maximum-security federal institution.

The contraband and unauthorized items seized included methamphetamine and other drugs, drug paraphernalia, two cell phones, and telecommunication-related items. The total estimated institutional value of this seizure is $53,900.

Additionally, in a search conducted on July 7, 2022, two cell phones and methamphetamine were seized. The estimated institutional value of this seizure is $7,000.         

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 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.



Chris Hearnden

Acting Assistant Warden Management Services

Kent Institution


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