Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

February 20, 2008 12:56 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Contraband Seizure at Drumheller Institution

DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - The institutional drug dog team has seized a quantity of illegal drugs with an institutional value of $65,000. Drug Dog Storm and his partner were conducting a search on the morning of February 12. They had discovered some unusual tracks behind an administrative building when they found a quantity of hashish oil and crystal methamphetamine.

Criminal and disciplinary charges can be laid against any individuals found to be involved in illegal activity.

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.

Drumheller Institution has implemented a toll free tip line for staff to gather information. The number is 1-800-222-TIPS. Citizens can use this line to report any pressures they encounter to smuggle contraband or any information they have on other visitors or inmates involved in illegal activities. Information is treated with confidentiality and a security intelligence officer will provide follow-up.

Drumheller Institution is a federal penitentiary located 140 km northeast of Calgary, currently accommodating 527 medium security and 72 minimum security inmates.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Warden Mike Hanly
    Drumheller Institution
    (403) 823-5101