Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

August 30, 2007 18:21 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Contraband Seizure at Bowden Institution

BOWDEN, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2007) - On August 28, Correctional Officers observed an inmate attempting to conceal a package on his person during a visit. While Officers were escorting the inmate to a private area to conduct a strip search he bolted and ran through the yard and threw the package on the roof of an adjacent building.

The inmate was restrained and escorted to a dry cell and the package was recovered from the roof. The package contained 78 Dilaudid pills, 140 morphine pills and 42 ecstasy pills. The institutional value of the seized narcotics is estimated at $23,060.

RCMP were notified of the seizure and the visitor was taken into custody. An RCMP investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is committed to a zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs. The CSC has a national drug interdiction strategy that uses a combination of screening techniques for visitors, and dynamic security provided by Correctional Officers. Officers are trained to observe and act on suspicious activity as well as conduct routine searches. The use of an ion scan machine at the main entrance can detect drugs that are on or have been in contact with visitors. The drug dog can detect hidden drugs, be they on people or otherwise. The Security Intelligence department receives, analyzes, and acts upon intelligence information from various sources, including partnerships with community partners. Bowden Institution has implemented a toll free tip line for staff to gather information.

Bowden Institution is a federal penitentiary located 100 km north of Calgary, currently accommodating 599 medium security and 77 minimum security inmates.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Rita Wehrle
    Bowden Institution
    (403) 227-3391