Seizure of contraband and unauthorized items at Springhill Institution 

News release

August 2, 2022 – Springhill, Nova Scotia – Correctional Service Canada

On July 27, 2022, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, packages containing contraband and unauthorized items were seized on the perimeter of Springhill Institution, a medium-security federal institution.

The contraband and unauthorized items seized included three cell phones, four SIM cards and charging cables, 184 grams of THC/hashish, 187 grams of THC/marijuana, three bales of tobacco, one vape pen, three vials of THC vape juice and 18 zip ties. The total estimated institutional value of this seizure is $125,000.

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.



Dawn Laite

Assistant Warden, Management Services

Springhill Institution

(902) 597-0134

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