Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

February 17, 2009 15:00 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Contraband Intercepted at Bowden Institution

BOWDEN, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2009) - Acting on intelligence information, security intelligence officers interviewed two visitors to Bowden Institution on February 14. The visitors admitted to carrying narcotics and turned the drugs over to officers. The institutional value of the contraband is estimated at approximately $40,000.

The drugs, believed to be marijuana and hash-oil, were seized by institutional staff.

The RCMP was notified of the seizure and the visitors were escorted off the property.

The Correctional Service of Canada has a number of tools available that are consistently used in our efforts to control the flow of drugs into our institutions. These include such things as searches of offenders, visitors, ion scanners, drug dogs and searches of buildings and cells.

The authorities at Bowden Institution wish to remind citizens there is a toll-free telephone line1-800-278-0172 for reporting any pressure to which a visitor may be subjected by other visitors and/or inmates involved in drug trafficking, intimidation, assault and loan sharking. Such information is treated with confidentiality and a security intelligence officer will provide follow up.

Bowden Institution is a federal penitentiary located 100 km north of Calgary, currently accommodating 585 medium security and 79 minimum security inmates.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Rita Wehrle
    Bowden Institution
    (403) 227-7346