Man caught with drone, drugs outside of Kingston jail

Police say a 24-year-old Québec man was arrested for trying to smuggle drugs into an east Ontario federal penitentiary using a drone.

Kingston Police say on March 31 at around 12:30 p.m., patrol officers saw a man carrying a bag leaving a wooded area to the west of Bayswater Avenue in Kingston, Ont. that they say is commonly used to send contraband to Collins Bay Institute using drones. Police say he dropped the bag and fled when he saw the officers.

Police placed the man under investigative detention, retrieved the bag, and found that a drone and a large package with around 204 grams of cannabis and 387 grams of tobacco was in it.

They arrested and charged Pierre Louis, 24, with mischief endangering life, possession for the purpose of selling, possess illicit cannabis, possession of cannabis for the purpose of distributing, and five counts of failing to comply with a release order.

According to a media release, Louis was arrested in February 2024 for a similar offence and was released on numerous conditions. This includes to not possess of any drones or unlawful drugs and to be at least one kilometre away from any Correctional Services Canada sites.

Louis was held before going to a bail hearing on April 1.

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