Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

November 29, 2011 12:29 ET

Seizure of Drugs at Cowansville Institution

COWANSVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2011) - At approximately 19:30, on November 24, 2011, as a result of the vigilance of correctional staff at Cowansville Institution, a medium-security federal penitentiary located in Cowansville, objects with suspicious contents were recovered on the perimeter of the Institution.

Upon inspection, a total of 1,000 ecstasy pills, 193.7 grams of marijuana, 969.2 grams of tobacco and 500 rolling papers were concealed in the objects. The estimated institutional value of the drugs seized is $85,177.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has a number of tools available that are consistently used in efforts to control the flow of drugs into our institutions. These tools include ion scanners and drug dogs to search buildings, offenders and visitors.

CSC has set up a telephone Tip-Line at all federal institutions to provide an additional source for receiving information about activities that relate to the safety and security of CSC institutions. These activities may be related to drug use or trafficking that may threaten the safety and security of people visiting, working at, or housed at a CSC facility.

The toll-free Tip-Line number, 1 866 780-3784, assures that the information received is protected and callers may choose to remain anonymous.

CSC is strengthening measures to prevent contraband from entering 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 have contraband brought into correctional institutions.

Contact Information

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