RCMP in Stonewall are investigating three separate incidents of drug smuggling into Stony Mountain Institution between May 22 and May 30, 2023.
According to police the first incident occurred on May 22 around 8:30 pm when a 32-year-old man was seen throwing items over the fence at the prison. Officers located the man outside the fence and found several packages of drugs on his person. The suspect fled as police attempted to place him under arrest. An off-duty correctional officer help police place the suspect safely in custody.
Christopher Sinclair, 32, of Fairford, has been charged with Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, Trafficking a Schedule I Substance, Resisting Arrest and Escape Lawful Custody. He was remanded into custody.
Three days later on May 25, 2023, police were called to the institution for the report of a drone flying in the area just before 11:00 pm.
Before police arrived Correctional Service of Canada staff located the drone that had a package attached. Police seized the drone and package. The package contained more than 100 grams of cannabis, 230 grams of meth, 400 grams of shatter and 50 tablets of prescription meds.
Police have not made any arrests in the case and are asking anyone with information to call the Stonewall RCMP at 204-467-5015, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tips online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.
On May 30, 2023, a suspicious vehicle was seen near Stony Mountain around 8:30 pm.
Police located three males and determined that had thrown several packages over the fence into the institution. The packages contained 150 grams of methamphetamine, 30 grams of fentanyl and 90 grams of shatter.
Terrance Goetz, 39, from the RM of St. Clements, has been charged for his alleged involvement with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Schedule I Substance, Trafficking a Schedule I Substance, Obstruction and Identity Fraud.
Drew Lloyd, 37, of Selkirk, has been charged for his alleged involvement with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Schedule I Substance and Trafficking a Schedule I Substance.
Brendin Swanson, 36, of Oakbank, has been charged for his alleged involvement with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Schedule I Substance, Trafficking a Schedule I Substance, Obstruction and Identity Fraud.
All three were remanded into custody.
The Correctional Service of Canada estimates that the total institutional value of the drugs seized to be more than $1.4 million
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