The Bowden Institution medium security facility near Bowden.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Drug investigation at Bowden Institution leads to charges

A year and a half-long investigation into drugs at the Bowden Institution has lead to charges against three individuals.

Raymond Foss, 32, Braden Foster, 31 and Joshua Laboucan, 23, all of Slave Lake face multiple charges for trafficking a controlled substance, trespassing and distributing cannabis.

In November of 2019, Bowden Institution staff responded to suspicious activity on Correctional Service Canada’s property. As a result of the search, staff found packages containing fentanyl, methamphetamine, cannabis concentrates and tobacco.

Foss and Foster were arrested and after a judicial release hearing and were remanded into custody. After a subsequent bail hearing, Foss was released. Foss and Foster’s next Court appearances are both scheduled for August 19 in Red Deer Provincial Court.