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Correctional Officer Intercepts Fentanyl Mailed to Edmonton Prison Inmate

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Correctional Officer Intercepts Fentanyl Mailed to Edmonton Prison Inmate

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Officer intercepts fentanyl mailed to prison

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EDMONTON - The Correctional Service of Canada says an officer intercepted a package of fentanyl that was mailed to an inmate at a federal maximum security prison in Alberta.

The deadly drug was found Wednesday on paper that was inside a package sent to the Edmonton Institution.

"Fentanyl is extremely dangerous," Assistant Warden Matt James said Friday.

"It wasn't a pill, it wasn't powder, it was incorporated into paper. It is quite sophisticated in how they try to get it into the institution."

He said the fentanyl posed a threat to the health of inmates, staff and visitors inside the prison.

Inmates have overdosed on fentanyl in the past at other correctional facilities.

James said staff use ion scanners and specially trained dogs to detect drugs. …

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