Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

May 26, 2005 15:04 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Drug Strategy Nets a Seizure in Contraband

STONY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTION, WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - May 26, 2005) - Institutional staff are credited with preventing the introduction of drugs into the institution this week by a visitor. This is the second such seizure this year as compared to two seizures from visitors in 2004.

On May 20, 2005, a visitor attending Stony Mountain Institution was discovered trying to introduce contraband to the institution. Correctional staff monitoring visits observed the visitor attempting to introduce a small package wrapped in a condom into the visiting area. The package was seized and the visitor was interviewed. During the interview, she admitted to the incident. The Stonewall RCMP were contacted and attended to take the visitor into custody. Subsequent investigation revealed that the package contained approximately 16.5 grams of crack cocaine, with an institutional value of approximately $5,900.00. The visitor has been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.

Correctional Services Canada is committed to a zero tolerance policy that uses a combination of screening techniques for visitors, and dynamic security provided by Correctional Officers. The use of a drug detection dog and an ionscan machine at the main entrance can detect drugs that are on or have been in contact with visitors. There is also a community policing relationship with the nearby Village of Stony Mountain and the RCMP that has resulted in tips and arrests. Routine searches by Correctional Officers have also yielded numerous seizures throughout the year.

Stony Mountain Institution is a federal institution for medium security inmates located 11 kilometers north of Winnipeg. There is currently 535 inmates at the facility.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada: Stony Mountain Institution
    Linda Garwood-Filbert
    Unit Manager
    (204) 344-5111