Prison authorities cut the wings of a network of drugs and cell phones dropped by drones at Archambault medium security penitentiary in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines.
As a punishment, two of the major resellers were transferred to Donnacona Maximum Security Penitentiary, where the use of this technology by detainees is harsh.
Aldo Franchini, a Montrealer incarcerated for manslaughter and Leonard Freedom Ballantyne, who was deprived of his liberty for a murder in western Canada, challenged their transfer to court, but Justice Louis Dionne has just ruled in favor of the correctional service.

Aldo Franchini
Out of bounds
Last July, Le Journal reported that the direction of the "Max" Donnacona had banned outings to his inmates in the large outdoor courtyard for 45 days because the penitentiary had received the visit of drones.

Pot, hash, heroine ...
This decision of the Superior Court shows that, like provincial prisons, federal penitentiaries are not immune to this phenomenon.
The network of Archambault Penitentiary had been delivered "significant quantities" of cell phones, tobacco, hashish and even heroin, according to management.
Correctional officers also learned that an unmanned aerial drone had delivered 1000 logs of hydromorphone - a derivative of morphine - and wax, a kind of cannabis resin five times more potent than marijuana sold in the outdoor yard. on the black market.
Related to organized crime
"Several inmates involved" in the network were associated with organized crime as drone smuggling "requires contacts and means outside walls that few inmates possess," said a prison security officer.
Franchini and Ballantyne are considered "relations" of street gangs.
The first was connected to the "18" - a gang of red allegiance in the Saint-Léonard sector - and was only 18 when he was arrested for stabbing another youth in the summer of 2011.
However, no criminal charges were laid against them for these contraband activities.
Prior to their transfer to Donnacona, they were sent to the "hole" (in isolation) as a disciplinary measure as many other accomplices.
Joined by Le Journal , the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) did not want to specify the exact number of prisoners sanctioned in this file and could not specify the number of intrusions by drones into its penitentiaries in 2017.
106 flights of UAVs identified in the 19 Québec prisons between April 2016 and March 2017 (27 in 2015-2016).
20 incidents involving drones in federal penitentiaries in Quebec between 2013 and 2016, including 9 at Cowansville.
3 detained s In June 2017, three inmates of Donnacona penitentiary were arrested when their drone drug delivery was thwarted. They pleaded guilty and received prison sentences ranging from six months to two years.