Institution lockdown ends, murder investigation continues | DrumhellerMail
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Institution lockdown ends, murder investigation continues


    The Drumheller Institution ended lockdown protocol Tuesday, ten days after it was initiated on August 4. 

    A contraband search of the medium security unit has ended and the institution has resumed normal operations, Corrections Service Canada said in a release.

    “It’s protocol to lockdown after an incident and search all the buildings and look for any contraband,” said assistant warden Maureen Quintal. Due to security protocols she could not confirm if any contraband was found.

    The institution was locked down on August 4 after the death of Jason Claude Tremblay, a 42-year-old inmate who had been serving a nearly five year sentence for drug trafficking offences. Tremblay was arrested in 2014 in Medicine Hat and police there said they seized approximately 800 fentanyl pills in that investigation. 

    On August 7, Corrections Service Canada said Tremblay had been stabbed by two other inmates, Giovanni James Alexis (24) and Richard George Paul (23). Both have been charged with first-degree murder. 

The RCMP are currently handling the investigation but Quintal said Corrections Services Canada will be sending a team to provide an internal investigation of the incident.

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