Stopping drugs entering prisons is one of the hottest subjects around the world. Inmates and their co-conspirators on the outside are finding new and ingenious methods of smuggling, which are testing the prison authorities worldwide. Whether it is flying drones over prison fences, or finding a quiet corner of a recreation yard and throwing over a dead bird stuffed with drugs, or it could even be painting the drugs on ‘children’s artwork’ and sending direct to the inmate.
For some years now, industry has been working with prison authorities to find the best way to stop drugs entering prisons. And the aviation industry should take note.
Some remarkable statistics have now been released by Canadian Prison Authorities that highlight the effectiveness of their use of body scanners.
David Ellis, Provincial Emergency Response and Security Coordinator of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Ontario, Canada, confirmed the following figures from 16 ODSecurity SOTER RS Body Scanners that are currently operational across correctional facilities in Ontario, including; Ottawa, Toronto, Algoma, Sudbury and Monteith.
Since going live in January 2017, these 16 scanners have to date performed 139,600 scans.
Of these, 4,774 scans were recorded as ‘positive’ with finds of: 10 mobile phones, 74 weapons (knives and shivs) and the balance being drugs. That’s a massive 4,690 packages of drugs that have not entered correctional facilities in Ontario.
These packages would have been concealed on or inside a person in a way of combatting the correctional facilities stringent security checks. This could be in the vagina, the rectum or even inside rolls of fat.