Nova Scotia

Yarmouth jail locked down, drugs seized

The provincial jail in Yarmouth went into lockdown for about five hours Saturday after inmates were seen drinking from a liquor bottle and smoking, justice officials said Sunday. .

The provincial jail in Yarmouth went into lockdown for about five hours Saturday after inmates were seen drinking from a liquor bottle and smoking, justice officials said Sunday.

The incident began when a package containing 69 pills and tobacco was found on the roof of the Southwest Nova Scotia Correctional Facility  at about 2:30 p.m., the Department of Justice said in a release.

About an hour later, a package was thrown over a wall of the facility into an exercise court, officials said. Two people were seen running away from the perimeter fence and the RCMP were notified.

Eight offenders were in the exercise court at the time. A short time later they were observed drinking from a liquor bottle and smoking, officials said.

When the offenders refused to leave the area, the facility went into lockdown and an incident response team was assembled.

The incident was resolved peacefully when the offenders agreed to return to their cells around 7 p.m.

A search of the exercise area found three small empty pill bottles and a small plastic empty liquor bottle hidden in a storm drain.

No contraband was uncovered during a search of the offenders. The lockdown ended at about 8:30 p.m.

Department of Justice officials are reviewing the incident.

The jail has a bed capacity of 38 and is designed as a medium to minimum security institution for sentenced or remanded male offenders, according to its website.

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