THE Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) says a package containing contraband worth about $86,875 was seized on March 25 on the perimeter of Kent Institution.
The contraband included:
- 1 drone
- 1 ceramic edged weapon
- 2 mini-cell phones and chargers
- 1 full size cell phone with 4 SIM cards and charger
- 200 tablets of dianabol steroids
- 50 tablets of arimidex estrogen reducer
- 108.2 grams of amphetamines
- 61.6 grams of THC concentrate, and
- 28.9 grams of heroin
The police were notified and the institution is investigating.
Kent Institution is located in the upper Fraser Valley in close proximity to the townships of Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs in British Columbia. It was originally opened in 1979 to replace the BC Penitentiary and it remains the only maximum security facility in the Pacific Region.
Kent Institution is a structured campus layout consisting of all living units organized around a central courtyard. Its rated capacity is 378.
CSC says it uses a number of tools to prevent drugs from entering its institutions. These include ion scanners and drug-detector dogs to search buildings, personal property, inmates and visitors.
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.
CSC has set up a telephone tip line for all federal institutions to 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.