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  • Inmate sentenced for drug possession


    An inmate at the Drumheller Institution had 90 more days tacked on to his sentence after pleading guilty to possession of drugs.

    Steven Thorne appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, July 21. Originally charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking, he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of possession of cannabis resin.

    On February 17 of this year, corrections officers observed movement outside his cell and Thorne conversing with other inmates. Officers ordered him out of his cell and found 12 globs of hash oil folded inside a playing card.

    The federal prosecutor and defense agreed to a 90-day sentence consecutive to any sentence he is currently serving.

  • K-9 Unit seizes contraband worth $36,800.

    Correctional Officer Jeffrey Hood and his K-9 companion Cotton seized over $36,000 worth of contraband from the Drumheller institution on July 6, 2017.

    Drumheller Institution Correctional Officer and K-9 Handler Jeffrey Hood and his pup Cotton found a combined total of $36,800 worth of illicit drugs on June 6, 2017.

    In their routine K-9 search, Cotton alerted Hood to what turned out to be 29 grams of Fentanyl as well as 24 grams of MDMA. The fentanyl alone was worth $20,000 in institutional value and the MDMA was an additional value of $16,800.

    This latest seizure is Hood and Cotton’s largest. A massive part of the Drumheller Institution’s strategy is to eliminate contraband.

    Drugs found at Drumheller Institution on July 6, 2017 Drugs found at Drumheller Institution on July 6, 2017

    On the left is the seized Fentanyl which weighs approximately 29.69 grams. The right photo depicts the MDMA which weighed approximately 24.74 grams. 

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