On October 5, 2020, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, packages containing contraband and unauthorized items were seized on the perimeter of Atlantic Institution, a maximum security federal institution.
The contraband and unauthorized items seized included:
· 436 grams of “Shatter” (marijuana/cannabis concentrate)
· 7 grams of crystal methamphetamine
· 67 grams of hashish
· 114 Dilaudid pills
· 54 grams of MDMA
· 30 grams of cocaine
· 18 mg of Hydromorph Contin
· 94 “ICE” (methamphetamine) pills
· 5 grams of “Magic mushrooms” (Psilocybin)
· 1 iPhone
· 7 SIM cards
The total estimated institutional value of this seizure is $731,000.
Atlantic Institution was placed on lockdown to allow staff to conduct a general search. The search was ordered to ensure the safety and security of the institution, its staff and inmates. Normal operations have since resumed.
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.