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2 charged after drone flying contraband found near Kingston penitentiary

Last Updated Jan 23, 2020 at 11:55 am EDT

A view of the Collins Bay Institution from the inside in Kingston, Ont., on May 10, 2016. The media were invited to tour the facility. THE CANADIAN/Lars Hagberg

Two Mississauga men are facing charges after a “shipment of contraband” was intercepted at Collins Bay Institution in Kingston, the OPP-led joint forces penitentiary squad said in a release.

The squad responded to a report of suspicious activity near the institution around 3 a.m. Wednesday, along with members of the Kingston police and Correctional Service of Canada.

Two men in the area were arrested and a drone was found near the facility. A package containing a variety of contraband was found within the penitentiary walls but the OPP have not revealed the contents of the package.

Justin Paul Hurlbut, 35 and Michael Habib, 33 have been charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence. They were held for a bail hearing at a Kingston court the same day.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are also expected against an inmate at the medium security facility.