Correctional Service Canada

Correctional Service Canada

November 17, 2016 13:10 ET

Major seizure of contraband and unauthorized items at Cowansville Institution

LAVAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Nov. 17, 2016) - Correctional Service Canada

On November 10, 2016 as a result of the vigilance of staff members, packages containing contraband and unauthorized items were seized in an inmate's cell and on the perimeter of Cowansville Institution, a medium security federal penitentiary.

The items seized included 1.1 kilogram of tobacco and 444 grams of marijuana. The total estimated institutional value of this seizure is $ 62,000.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) uses a number of tools to prevent drugs from entering its institutions. These tools include ions scanners and drug-detector dogs to search buildings, personal property, inmates and visitors.

The police have been notified and the institution is investigating.

The CSC has set up a telephone tip line for all federal institutions to receive additional information about activities relating to security at CSC institutions. These activities may be related to drug use or trafficking that may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates and staff members working at CSC institutions.

The toll-free number, 1-866-780-3784, helps ensure that the information shared is protected and that callers remain anonymous.

The CSC introduced a complete smoking ban in all federal correctional institutions in 2008.

Contact Information

  • Lucette L'Esperance
    Assistant Warden, Management Services
    Cowansville Institution
    (450) 263-3073, ext. 2102