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By Alfa · Oct 5, 2004 · ·
  1. Alfa

    Midland police are cracking down on criminals who are bringing crack
    cocaine into the community.

    At Monday night's council meeting, Midland Police Chief Paul Hamelin
    told council the prevalence of crack cocaine in the community is on
    the rise, and he attributed it to the Penetanguishene jail.

    "Our intelligence officer reports that we are beginning to see a
    correlation between criminal activity in our community, and the
    Central North Correctional Centre," said Hamelin.

    Through investigating cases of crack cocaine and other drugs in the
    community, Hamelin has been in contact with officers in the Greater
    Toronto Area (GTA), and said they have been able to trace some of
    those cases back to the jail.

    With the jail serving a large area, including Toronto, it gives local
    criminals a chance to form relationships with people throughout the
    province, he said.

    Hamelin said he never guessed crime within Midland would be on the
    increase as a result of the jail, which opened in 2001.

    "This is not something we anticipated with the jail. In the beginning,
    there were more concerns of (inmates) moving to this area, much like
    you see in the federal system."

    Hamelin said he was unsure if this will be a continuing trend, or if
    it's a 'hit and miss' situation.

    "We are trying to keep on top of it, and have asked our officers to
    track whether they have seen a direct correlation to the jail, and we
    are also looking for ways to counter it."

    He said by tracking the numbers, police will learn just how much local
    crime is being affected by the jail.

    Coun. Judy Contin was surprised with the report, and suggested someone
    from Midland become more involved with the jail's monitoring
    committee. "Whether it's our chief, or a member of council, we should
    have direct information coming to us," said Contin.

    Hamelin told her Midland police is working with OPP officers at the
    jail to stay informed about various situations.


  1. beentheredonethatagain
    I wonder what their follow up investigation has unearthed, but it make sense that prisoners would make new connections while locked up , having a large group of people in a concentrated area such as jail , that for the most part are drug users and dealers, they are sure to exchange phone numbers.

    and that makes for easy hook up once on the streets.
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