PRISON in RIVER-DES-PRAIRIES Montreal Édition du 23 septembre 2016, TWO DRONES WERE OBSERVED, DRUGS AND WEAPONS FOUND Last Thursday it was the day of drones at the detention center of Rivière-des-Prairies in Montreal. While two of these flying machines have been observed over the prison yards , the guards discovered in a prison sector housing gang members, a relatively large amount of drugs and tools that were likely delivered by drone tools, as reported by La Presse . DANIEL RENAUD OF LA PRESSE RISE IN SIGHTINGS Drones reported to prison security Québec 2013-2014: 42014-2015: 182015-2016: 272016-2017: 11 (to July 16)
According to stats. obtained from the Ministry of Public Security through the Act on access to public information, the drone sightings over the land of Quebec prisons have vastly risen since 2014. Last year sightings was at 27. This year, as of July 11, there was 16, a figure which is already higher than the same period last year. This year's statistics do not include two last Thursday observations over the Rivière-des-Prairies Detention Centre. MOST DELIVERED DANIEL RENAUDLA PRESSE The most frequent seized goods that are delivered by drones are narcotics, tobacco and rolling paper, the trafficking of these prohibited products within the prison institutional walls are high valued and in demand. Cellular devices, which may allow a prisoner to continue his criminal activities from his cell, are also regularly seized. DRUGS, CELLULAR AND SAW BLADES ... DANIEL RENAUDLA PRESSE After receiving information, correctional officers conducted a search in the evening in the 16 cells of the prison sector which mostly houses “Blue” street gang members. According to sources, they found more than 50 grams of hashish, a substance resembling heroin, six cell phones, saw blades and a small multifunctional appliance. Hours earlier, two drones were sighted over two yards of the prison institution, which is another area where the prisoners are classified as a "general section” of the prison. It is not known if objects were seized as a result of the observation of these drones. GRILLAGES CLAIMED DANIEL RENAUDLA PRESSE The president of the Union of Officers in Correctional Services of Quebec, Mathieu Lavoie, would not confirm the information obtained byLa Presse . But implore the government to take action to stop the growing deliveries by drones in the 18 prisons in Quebec. "We realize that pilot projects or measures put in place after the escapes of Quebec and St. Jerome did not stop these intrusions," says Mr. Lavoie.