A corrections officer has been charged with drug offences after police say a man attempted to smuggle alcohol and marijuana into a Toronto jail.
The suspect was arrested Monday after a package containing alcohol, tobacco, lighters, rolling papers and marijuana was intercepted within the Toronto West Detention Centre in Etobicoke.
Police say the man was also found to possess Oxycontin tablets.
“The allegation is he was bringing in drugs and other contraband for sale to the prison population,” Det. Sgt. Ray Fortin told the Star.
Police suspect this activity was going on for some time.
Investigators later executed a search warrant at a home in the Poplar Road and Childs Drive area of Milton, where they seized marijuana, oxycodone, cocaine and money.
Adam Bertoli, 33, of Milton has been charged with marijuana possession, cocaine possession and possession of proceeds of crime.
He has been a jail guard for several years.
Bertoli appeared in a Toronto court on Tuesday and was released on bail.
This matter returns to court on May 30.
It is not known if he has been suspended from his job.
Brent Ross, spokesman for the Consumer Safety and Correctional Services Ministry, told the Star in an email that “the ministry does not comment on confidential human resources matters.”
Corrections officers have been arrested before on similar charges.
In 2005, a long-time corrections officer at the Toronto (Don) Jail was arrested after drugs and two straight razors were smuggled into the facility.
In 2006, a jail guard was charged with accepting a bribe and conspiring to smuggle nearly $7,000 worth of marijuana into Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre.
From the Toronto Star