Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

June 08, 2007 17:52 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Contraband Seizure at Drumheller Institution

DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 8, 2007) - The Security Intelligence Department at the Institution received information that drugs had been introduced into the institution. The K-9 Handler, Security Intelligence Officers and Correctional Officers investigated the information and found drugs in the possession of an inmate. The institutional value of the narcotics is estimated at approximately $15,600.00.

The RCMP has been notified of the contraband seizure and are investigating.

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 also detect hidden drugs. The Security Intelligence department receives, analyzes, and acts upon intelligence information from various sources, including partnerships with community partners. Drumheller Institution has implemented a toll free tip line for staff to gather information. We would like to congratulate our staff on a job well done.

Drumheller Institution is a federal penitentiary located 140 km southeast of Calgary, currently accommodating 534 medium security and 72 minimum security inmates.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Drumheller Institution
    Darlene Haines
    A/Assistant Warden, Correctional Programs
    (403) 820-6170