Seizure of contraband and unauthorized items at Springhill Institution

News release

August 22, 2022 – Springhill, Nova Scotia – Correctional Service Canada

On August 11, 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 244 grams of hash, 485 grams of shatter (cannabis concentrate), 241 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 48 heroin pills, 352 acetylfentanyl pills, 146 grams of loose tobacco, two bales of tobacco, two cell phones, six SIM cards, and one charging block. The total estimated institutional value of this seizure is $750,000.

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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