Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

April 24, 2013 15:47 ET

Seizure of Unauthorized Substances at Cowansville Institution

COWANSVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - April 24, 2013) - On April 21 and 22, 2013, as a result of the vigilance of correctional staff at Cowansville Institution, a medium-security federal penitentiary, objects with suspicious content were recovered on the perimeter of the institution.

Upon inspection, a total of 5.8 grams of marijuana and 290 grams of tobacco was concealed in the objects. The estimated institutional value of the contraband seized is $4,880.

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