Canadian prisons “report huge increase in drone-based contraband deliveries”

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Flying magazine report that according to statistics from Correctional Service Canada (CSC) a single Ontario prison saw nearly 100 drones deliver drugs, weapons, cell phones, and other contraband to inmates in 2022.

“Hundreds of drones smuggling drugs, weapons and cellphones have soared over coiled barbed wire and high concrete walls at the Collins Bay Institution in Kingston, Ont., in recent years,” said a CBC report. “The frequency of flights has grown steadily since 2018, with 99 reported last year alone, according to statistics obtained by CBC through access-to-information (ATIP) laws.That’s nearly 10 times the number recorded five years ago, evidence of a growing issue across the country. Officials with the union for correctional workers describe this as a “pandemic” that puts inmates and staff in danger.”

According to the report there were roughly 600 drug-related and 250 weapons seizures at Collins Bay between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2022 and most contraband introduced into the institution came by drone.

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