A contraband bust at the Drumheller Institution occurred on Friday, January 18. 

A number of packages were found outside, according to Assistant Warden Operations member, Travis Baker.

"The past Friday afternoon, January 18, staff doing a search of our exercise yard in the medium security unit discovered three packages, which contained cell phones, drugs and nicotine patches."

A media release from Institution also stated that phone chargers, sim cards and cannabis concentrate were also found.

"We have a zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs in the institution. Preventing and reducing the number of contraband items and illicit drugs is an ongoing priority for us," continued Baker.

The total estimated institutional value of the seizure was $137,200 and the Corrections Service of Canada stated in their release that they are currently heightening measures to prevent contraband from entering its institutions.

"There is no way of pinpointing exactly when this stuff could happen," concluded Baker.

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