Guards concerned about cellphones, drugs in jail cells
La Presse says a recent search of jail cells occupied by alleged mafia associate Raynald Desjardins and his co-accused turned up cellphones and drugs.
And the jail guards union says it's worriesome.
The union of Quebec jail guards says stories of cellphones and drugs being found in cells are turning up more and more. Over the past weekend, the Journal de Montreal found Facebook photos of a West Island gang leader taken with a cellphone inside his jail cell.
Head of the union Stéphane Lemaire said it's not a safe working environment, adding it's as if the inmates are laughing at them and getting away with this.
"We can't work in a place where people do whatever we want. It's the Quebec corrections system. We have to be able to discipline, we have to be able to manage these things, we need the tools," Lemaire told CJAD News.
The union said it's long been calling for more investigations as well as resources to step up searches and security to prevent such items from being smuggled in.