A lengthy lockdown at the Drumheller Institution has finally been lifted.
A statement from Correctional Service Canada (CSC) says the lockout was lifted and life at the medium security federal prison went back to normal this morning, April 20.
Visits to the penetentiary have also resumed.
The lockout was imposed on April 6 so that staff could undertake what was termed an 'exceptional search' of the institution.
While the statement does not give a reason for the search, lab tests of a white powder recovered during a search a few days prior to the lockdown identified it as the illegal opioid drug Carfentanil, which is 100 times more powerful than the better known Fentanyl, which is itself 80 to 100 times more potent that morphine.
CSC says it is strengthening measures to prevent the entry of contraband into its institutions in order to ensure a safe and secure environment for staff and inmates alike.