Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

June 24, 2005 14:38 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Drug Strategy Results in Seizure of Narcotics

SASKATCHEWAN PENITENTIARY, PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - June 24, 2005) - At approximately 18:15 hours on Wednesday June 22, 2005 a visitor attending Saskatchewan Penitentiary was discovered trying to introduce contraband into the institution.

Through effective dynamic security, correctional staff were able to intervene and prevent a quantity of narcotics from entering the institution. The visitor was interviewed and turned over four condom wrapped packages, containing 45 pills. The contraband was seized and the matter has been turned over to the RCMP for investigation.

The Correctional Service of Canada is committed to a zero tolerance policy for the possession and use of illegal substances and utilizes a combination of screening techniques for visitors entering the institution. Through the use of a drug detection dog, ionscan technology and dynamic security practices Correction Officers can detect drugs that are on or have been in contact with visitors. There is also a community policing relationship with local law enforcement partners that has resulted in tips and arrests. Routine searches by Correctional Officers have also yielded numerous seizures throughout the year.

Saskatchewan Penitentiary is a medium security institution currently accommodating 396 inmates. It also contains a separate Maximum Security Unit, which can accommodate an additional 80 inmates.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Darcy Begrand, Media Relations Officer
    Saskatchewan Penitentiary
    (306) 765-8022