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Institution remains in lockdown

     As of Monday the Drumheller Institution remains in lockdown.
    At approximately 11:44 a.m. on January 28, 2012, Drumheller Institution, a medium security federal penitentiary, was placed on lockdown to facilitate the search of the institution as a result of inmate assaults.
    The search is being conducted to ensure the ongoing safety and security of the institution, its staff and the inmates. The institution will re-open as soon as the search is complete and it is determined safe to do so.
    Visits will be suspended until the search has been completed.
    In order to improve its practices to prevent and reduce future incidents, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) will continue to work in an effort to review the circumstances surrounding the incident and take action where necessary.


Man sentenced for evading police in stolen vehicle

 An Airdrie man was given a one-year conditional sentence after pleading guilty to possession of stolen property and failing to stop for a peace officer.
    Mark Christopher Logan appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, January 27 where he pleaded guilty to the charges.
    The incident occurred on October 30, 2011. Logan was in a rural area hunting with permission from a landowner. The vehicle he possessed at the time was parked at the side of a road and came to the attention of a resident who reported it, believing it may have been abandoned.
    RCMP attended and determined the vehicle was stolen. Around the same time Logan returned to the vehicle and drove away from the police. He travelled over a field and eventually entered Highway 56 and made away.
    In early December he attended to the Drumheller RCMP and made a confession. He indicated he has recently purchased the vehicle, which was found to be stolen.
    Judge Grieve sentenced Logan to a one-year conditional sentence in which he is bound by a curfew. He also received a one-year driver’s licence suspension.

Inmate sentenced to 45 days for drug possession

    An inmate who had his release revoked was sentenced  after drugs were found in his possession while he was being readmitted to the Drumheller Institution.
     Morley Ahkimnachie appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday January 20  where he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.
    On May 28 of last year, Ahkimnachie, 22, was an inmate at the Institution but had achieved statutory release. He failed to report and his release was revoked.
    He was apprehended and returned to the Drumheller Institution.  While in dry cell during readmission he produced a 35-millimetre film canister, which contained 2 grams of cannabis resin. The Institutional value of the cache was said to be worth $950.
    Judge Grieve accepted a joint submission from the Federal Prosecutor and defense council for a 45-day sentence.


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