FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2000
Private Canteen Employee Charged with
Smuggling Drugs to Inmates
TORONTO Ė An employee of an American
company that supplies canteen services to Ontario correctional
facilities has been charged for attempting to smuggle drugs into the
Toronto East Detention Centre.
The employee of Aramark Industries was arrested May
21 inside the Toronto East Detention Centre while delivering canteen
orders to inmates. Drugs were found in cigarette packages contained in
the canteen orders.
"I want to know what measures Corrections
Minister Rob Samson will now take to protect our members," said
OPSEU Corrections Division chair Barry Scanlon. "Drugs inside our
institutions have led to assaults on our members and the minister
ignored our safety concerns about hiring an American company to
provide canteen services. This is a security issue for us, if itís
this easy to smuggle drugs inside whatís next?" Security is
just one of the issues to be discussed at a OPSEU news conference.
Date: Thursday May 25, 2000
Place: The Toronto Jail (Don Jail)
550 Gerrard St. E., Toronto