Correctional Service of Canada



Correctional Service of Canada

January 29, 2014 15:23 ET

Seizure of Contraband and Unauthorized Items at Cowansville Institution

COWANSVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Jan. 29, 2014) - Correctional Service Canada

On January 24, 2014, at about 10:30 a.m., correctional officers at Cowansville Institution, a medium security federal institution, intercepted a visitor who was attempting to bring contraband and unauthorized items into the institution.

This seizure is the result of the efforts of correctional officers. The contraband seized includes rolling paper, 300 grams of tobacco, 124 cigarettes, 13 tablets of codeine and 10 tablets of morphine. The total institutional value of this seizure is estimated at $6,570.

The Sureté du Québec has been notified and the institution is investigating.

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

CSC has set up a telephone tip line for all federal institutions so that it may 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, 1-866-889-6039, helps ensure that the information shared is protected and that callers remain anonymous.

CSC is heightening measures to prevent contraband from entering its institutions in order to help ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone. CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to introduce contraband into correctional institutions.

Contact Information

  • Caroline Bouchard
    Assistant Warden, Management Services
    Cowansville Institution
    Correctional Service Canada
    450-263-3073 ext.2102