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$67,000 in contraband seized at Kent Institution in Agassiz

,000 in contraband seized at Kent Institution in Agassiz
,000 in contraband seized at Kent Institution in Agassiz

Staff at the maximum-security Kent Institution outside Agassiz recently seized more than $60,000 worth of unauthorized goods and prohibited items.

According to a report from Correctional Service Canada (CSC), officers seized a number of items including cell phones, cell phone accessories, cannabis concentrate, homemade beer and handmade weapons, with a total institutional value of $67,800.

The Agassiz RCMP have been notified and an investigation is underway.

“(CSC) uses a number of tools to prevent drugs from entering its facilities,” the CSC said in a statement issued Tuesday (July 9). “These tools include ion scanners and drug detection dogs to search buildings, personal property, inmates and visitors. CSC is enhancing measures to prevent contraband from entering its facilities to help ensure a safe and secure environment for all. CSC is also working with law enforcement to take action against those who attempt to introduce contraband into correctional facilities.”

CSC has an anonymous tip line to receive information about contraband smuggling and other security issues. The number is 1-866-780-3784.