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4 charged after drone intercepted at Kingston, Ont., prison

Police say they were alerted to the drone after receiving a call about suspicious activity near the penitentiary.
Police say they were alerted to the drone after receiving a call about suspicious activity near the penitentiary. Global News

Two people from Ontario and two others from Quebec are facing charges after OPP’s Joint Force Penitentiary Squad intercepted a drone drop at a Kingston, Ont., penitentiary.

The incident took place on March 24, around 4 a.m., when correctional officers reported a drone flying near Collins Bay Institution.

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OPP responded, and say they found two people in a vehicle nearby. Officers seized a drone, cannabis and cigars from their vehicle, according to OPP.

Correctional staff found a package that had been dropped inside the grounds containing weapons, tobacco and cannabis, according to OPP.

OPP say they continued their investigation by teaming up with the Sûreté du Québec.

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After a lengthy investigation, on June 9, OPP arrested and charged in both Ontario and Quebec.

Marc Fontaine, 39, of Sainte Anne des Plaines, Que., was charged with:

  • five counts of participation in a criminal organization
  • 13 counts of mischief
  • nine counts of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence
  • possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • two counts of possession of the proceeds of property obtained by crime
  • two counts of possession for the purpose of distributing

OPP say some of Fontaine’s 32 charges relate to drone use between February 2019 and March 2020.

OPP catch 2 Mississauga men trying to fly contraband into Collins Bay Institution in Kingston
OPP catch 2 Mississauga men trying to fly contraband into Collins Bay Institution in Kingston

Nachoua -Hiba Kord, 23, of Sainte Anne des Plaines, Que., was charged with:

  • two counts of participation in a criminal organization
  • two counts of mischief
  • two counts of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence
  • possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • two counts of possession for the purpose of distributing

Len Aragon, 30, of Toronto, Ont., was charged with one count each of participation in a criminal organization and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

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Rachel Chen, 26, of Mississauga, Ont., was charged with two counts each of conspiracy to commit and indictable offence.