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Hamilton police charge two correctional officers with drug offences

Two correctional officers charged and arrested by Hamilton Police. Don Mitchell / Global News

Two correctional officers at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre have been arrested and charged with distributing illicit cannabis inside, Hamilton Police say.

According to police, a 6-month long investigation began as a result of a Coroner’s inquest into overdose deaths inside the detention centre.

The investigation was jointly conducted by the Hamilton Police Service Intelligence Unit and the detention centre.

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The two officers, 30-year-old James Mcrae of Kitchener and 39-year-old Pierre-Luc Plouffe of Delhi, have each been charged with breach of trust by a public officer and distribution of illicit cannabis.

Police said the pair worked independently of one another in distributing cannabis and other contraband to inmates within the facility.

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The officers are no longer employed as correctional officers at the detention centre.

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