(TORONTO, ON) – An alleged gang leader is awaiting his day in court while in jail over a number of murders.
The thing is, CityNews has obtained a shocking photo of the man eating a steak and lobster while holding an iPhone, while in jail.
These items are not allowed in the jail, including the bottle of Barq’s Root Beer.
CityNews was not able to name the man due to a publication ban.
“That’s an inside job. That’s someone with the ability to go through security, delivering that surf and turf and the big bottle of Barq’s to the individual,” Kevin Egan, a lawyer with Mackenzie Lake told CityNews.
CityNews obtained documents that showed the inmate and his cellmate were sent to segregation as punishment for having the contraband in their cells.
Although CityNews sources have said that no investigation into how the items got into the jail had happened.
The Toronto South Detention Centre, where the incident happened, uses body scanners on inmates but does not scan or search employees upon entry.
Body scanners can detect drugs, plastics, ceramics among other things.
Officers at Toronto South confiscated contraband on 80 separate occasions between August and October, according to Brent Ross, spokesman for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services CityNews reported.
“We’ve had an example where guards are actually caught delivering contraband to a range (of jail cells),” added Egan in an interview with CityNews. “In that case, they couldn’t convict the guard because they found so many drugs in the subsequent search that they couldn’t determine what drugs the guard had delivered and so she was acquitted.”
“But it’s a significant problem and in Hamilton, we recently did an inquest where the jury recommended that the guards be subject to random searches when they arrive at work every day.”
Corrections Minister Sylvia Jones claimed that the ministry learned about the contraband dinner and phone in the summer.
“I’m angry but I can’t comment on ongoing investigations,” she said. “I’m frustrated and angry but as soon as we learned about it in July, the Toronto Police Service launched an investigation,” CityNews reports.
It turns out that the Toronto Police Service was not aware of an investigation and told CityNews that if the photo was taken inside the jail, then that would make it the responsibility of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to investigate.
According to CityNews sources have confirmed that on Friday night after the ministry became aware of the CityNews story, an internal investigation was started at the jail.
Numerous correctional officers have contacted CityNews and expressed their disgust and frustration with the small handful of corrupt guards that smuggle in contraband.
“It’s a handful of guys that make the whole place more dangerous,” said one veteran correctional officer.
“They make my job even more dangerous,” said another officer.
“It’s time the ‘luggers’ are fired,” wrote a third.
With files from Cristina Howorun/CityNews
Photo from CityNews