Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

April 27, 2007 16:10 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Multiple Seizures of Contraband at Stony Mountain Institution

STONY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTION, WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - April 27, 2007) - Correctional officers working with a drug interdiction dog have successfully intercepted a significant quantity of drugs at Stony Mountain Institution in the last two months.

On March 14, 2007, correctional officers were performing a routine patrol on the institutional perimeter when a drug detector dog indicated a package located outside the perimeter fence. The package was seized and found to contain a quantity of marijuana and morphine pills with an estimated institutional value of $2500.

On the evening of March 18, 2007, an officer noted an individual trespassing on foot on the institutional reserve. The person was detained on the property. When informed that he would be checked by the Detector Dog Team, the suspect admitted to being in possession of contraband drugs. Several packages were recovered on the suspect's person. The suspect and drugs were turned over to the Stonewall detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The packages were found to contain marijuana with an institutional value of over $6500. The suspect was arrested for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.

On April 16, 2007, a Motor Patrol Officer located a package outside the exercise yard. The package was found to contain 82 grams of marijuana with an estimated institutional value of $6560. This is the largest drug seizure at Stony Mountain Institution of 2007 to date, in terms of both value and size.

On April 19, 2007, another Motor Patrol Officer located a package on the north perimeter of the institution, outside the fences. The package was found to contain marijuana with an estimated institutional value of $880.

The Correctional Service of Canada is committed to a zero tolerance policy that uses a combination of screening techniques for visitors and dynamic security provided by correctional officers to combat the introduction and use of drugs in federal facilities. The use of a drug detection dog and an ion scan machine at the main entrance can detect drugs that are on or have been in contact with visitors.

Stony Mountain acknowledges that visitors play an important role in preventing the flow of drugs into our prisons. We would like to make the public aware that inmates may try to force visitors to smuggle drugs into the prisons using manipulation, threats, violence and blackmail. If visitors are being threatened or coerced into bringing drugs to a friend or family member, the institution has staff that they can talk to and help to arrange for their safety in the community. That contact number is (204) 344-6000.

Stony Mountain Institution is a federal institution for medium security inmates located 11 kilometers north of Winnipeg. There are currently 542 inmates in total at the facility.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Aimee Fortier
    Unit Manager, Stony Mountain Institution
    (204) 344-5111 ext 5636