Pack­age con­tain­ing $70K in drugs, to­bacco seized at Wark­worth prison

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION - EX­AM­INER STAFF

WARK­WORTH -- Guards at Wark­worth In­sti­tu­tion have seized con­tra­band with a value of $69.808.72, in­clud­ing 622 grams of mar­i­juana and 423 grams of to­bacco.

The items were seized after a pack­age con­tain­ing them was found on the perime­ter of the medium se­cu­rity fed­eral prison, lo­cated 60 kilo­me­tres south­east of Peter­bor­ough.

The seizure was made Jan. 4 after the prison was placed on lock­down, as­sis­tant war­den Anne Marie Joyce stated Thursday.

The prison did not say how the pack­age got there or whether any ar­rests have been made.

The lock­down was or­dered to al­low an ex­cep­tional search for con­tra­band “to en­sure a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment for ev­ery­one,” Joyce stated.

The lock­down has now been lifted after the ex­cep­tional search was com­pleted, Joyce stated, al­low­ing the prison to re­sume nor­mal op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing public vis­its.

Smok­ing has been banned in fed­eral pris­ons since 2008.

Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice of Canada has a anony­mous tip line at 1-866780-3784 where peo­ple can re­port il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing drug use or traf­fick­ing, in fed­eral pris­ons.

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