Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

June 22, 2016 18:11 ET

Seizure of Contraband at Bowden Institution-Medium Security Unit

INNISFAIL, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - June 22, 2016) - Correctional Service Canada

On June 21, 2016, at about 11:00 a.m., staff members confiscated multiple packages containing contraband from a visitor in the medium security unit at Bowden Institution.

This seizure is the result of the combined efforts of the detector-dog teams, security intelligence officers, and correctional officers. The contraband seized includes tobacco and 57 grams of hash oil. The total institutional value of this seizure is estimated at $ 5000.00.

The visitor was arrested by the Innisfail detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and may face criminal charges.

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.

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

Contact Information

  • John McKill
    A/ Assistant Warden Management Services
    Bowden Institution
    403-227-7346