Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

June 19, 2015 10:34 ET

Seizure of Contraband and Unauthorized Items at Donnacona Institution

LAVAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - June 19, 2015) - Correctional Service Canada

On June 13, 2015 at about 09:00 a.m., correctional officers at Donnacona Institution, a maximum security federal institution, intercepted a visitor who was attempting to bring unauthorized items into the institution, i.e. 290 grams of tobacco.

The following day, at about 11:00 a.m., staff members confiscated 57.8 grams of hashish and 8.7 grams of heroin from another visitor. This person has been arrested by the Sûreté du Québec and may face criminal charges.

These seizures are the result of the combined efforts of correctional officers and security intelligence officers. The total institutional value of theses seizures is estimated at $23,000.

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, 1-866-780-3784, 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.

The Correctional Service of Canada introduced a complete smoking ban in all federal correctional institutions in 2008.

Contact Information

  • Stephane Jaillet
    Assistant Warden, Management Services
    Donnacona Institution
    418-285-2455, ext. 2110