Authorities at Bowden Institution intercepted a large amount of drugs based on intelligence before the contraband could infiltrate the medium-security prison, according to officials.

Bowden spokesperson Rita Wehrle said prison intelligence learned two visitors arriving on Saturday would possibly be trying to smuggle drugs into the institution.

When they arrived, security searched the car and found $40,000 in marijuana and hashish.
“That is a large amount for the institution and it is a significant amount if it made it inside,” Wehrle said.

“It’s very good news for us and the message to visitors is be very careful before making decisions like this because it will have lasting consequences,” she added.

Wehrle said one of the visitors, a woman, gave up the narcotics rather quickly when she was challenged at the gate. RCMP is now investigating the incident.