Three charged for drug trafficking at Bowden Institution

By rdnewsNOW staff
December 20, 2017 - 4:10pm

Three men have been charged for bringing drugs into Bowden Institution.

Innisfail RCMP say that on Nov. 5 a former inmate released from the prison in September was located and detained after a suspicious person was observed near the fence at the medium security facility.

The incident led to a lockdown at the prison that lasted until Nov. 14, allowing for staff to conduct a thorough search of the facility. Staff confiscated packages of contraband containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and methamphetamine valued at nearly $500,000.

Correction Service of Canada then announced it would be strengthening measures in a bid to ensure a safe and secure environment.

Jesse Cole, a 32-year-old offender has been charged with two counts of trafficking.

Further investigation led to trafficking charges against Alan Goossens, 34, and Cory Michaels, 31, who were both inmates at Bowden Institution at the time of the incident.

All three offenders have since been transferred to higher security institutions and will answer to charges in Red Deer Provincial Court in February 2018.

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