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Two males, 21 and 15, charged after contraband found at a correctional institution in Ontario

Nov 24, 2021
A tweet this week from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) notes the two accused are 21 and 15. They were discovered on a road adjacent to the centre. The tweet does not mention how muc ...

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One man and a teen have been charged after packages were found containing contraband on the grounds of the Beaver Creek Correctional Institution in Gravenhurst, Ontario.

A tweet this week from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) notes the two accused are 21 and 15. They were discovered on a road adjacent to the centre.

The tweet does not mention how much contraband was seized or the specific charges, but the accompanying photo shows about eight footballs that had been split open, as well as a number of cellphones and other packages.

Although not clear if the same incident, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) reported on Oct. 31 that staff intercepted a package containing contraband — namely tobacco, drugs, cellphones and cellphone accessories — at the Beaver Creek facility. The total estimated institutional value of this seizure is $88,000, notes a CSC statement.

The CSC reports that the institution “is a clustered security facility with a minimum site based on a residential design model consisting of small group accommodation houses and a medium-security site based on an open campus design responsibility model.”

Police in Gravenhurst charged two Hamilton men, 21 and 15 years-old after staff at Beaver Creek Correctional Institution found packages containing contraband on the property on Nov 22, 2021 at 4:00 a.m. The pair were located on an adjacent road. #BbrOPP pic.twitter.com/9TeDi4Z2Wg

— OPP Central Region (@OPP_CR) November 23, 2021

Ontario, however, was not alone in announcing illegal contraband had been confiscated over recent weeks. In Alberta, CSC reported the vigilance of staff at the Drumheller Institution ended with the seizure of contraband drugs like LSD, cannabis and THC concentrate earlier this month.

“The total estimated institutional value of these seizures is $65,100,” the CSC reports, adding that the police have been notified and the institution’s investigation is continuing.

No footballs were used in the Drumheller case, but doing so has proved more frequent than many might expect.

This past September in North Carolina, for example, an as-yet unidentified person tossed footballs, tennis balls and two grocery bags stuffed with loose tobacco, marijuana and crystal meth onto the prison grounds. The bounty was discovered between the inner and outer fence of the medium-security institution.

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