EXCLUSIVE | Six bullets were seized Wednesday afternoon by correctional peace officers at Montreal’s detention facility commonly known as Bordeaux Prison.
The six .22 caliber projectiles were concealed in a sock tucked into a shoe.
It was a woman who was visiting an inmate in the prison visiting room and allegedly left the bullets yesterday afternoon.
This seizure indicates the presence of firearms in the Boulevard Gouin prison.
“We are still talking about deadly weapons, objects that can be used in a pen gun as a 22 gauge. That clearly poses a risk within the walls. When you see what’s happening in the streets, through what’s happening in organized crime, street gangs and that’s being transferred to a detention center. This is of concern for the safety of our facilities,” says Mathieu Lavoie, President of the Union of Peace Officers in Correctional Services of Quebec.
Last February, the Journal de Montréal revealed that the Department of Public Safety had canceled an April 2021 tender to equip three prisons with counter-drones and restarted it from scratch, while shipments of weapons and drugs into detention systems continue to pile up.
It was a return to the beginning for the long-awaited acquisition of Air Intrusion Detection Systems. Rivière-des-Prairies, Quebec City and Bordeaux prisons are still on the list to be equipped with these systems but will have to wait.
Proof of the need for anti-drone systems, the protective nets are no longer safe from the ingenuity of criminals, who cut them up with objects like this bladed bottle.
According to Mathieu Lavoie, in the province’s prisons, the problem of delivering dangerous objects to detainees is an almost daily problem. “We’ve been complaining for years. It delivers to our detention centers almost daily, particularly in Montreal. We lack workers, we lack tools, we lack personnel to carry out excavations. In Bordeaux, I was told that the drone deliveries are made at the windows of the cells, which are unusable because the windows have been broken to allow deliveries,” says the president of the Syndicat des agents de la paix en services correctnels du Québec.