Seizure of contraband and unauthorized items at Dorchester Penitentiary – Minimum-security unit

From: Correctional Service Canada

On January 17, 2020, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, a package containing contraband and unauthorized items was seized on the perimeter of the minimum-security unit at Dorchester Penitentiary.

The contraband and unauthorized items seized include 1.6 grams of “Shatter” (marijuana/cannabis concentrate) and 22 bales of tobacco. The total estimated institutional value of this seizure is $7,000.

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 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.

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