24-year-old convicted drug trafficker dies at Matsqui Institution

May 11 2019, 12:44 am

A review is underway following the death of a young inmate at a medium-security prison in Abbotsford.

Nicholas Jordan Boscoe died Thursday while in the custody of the Matsqui Institution. The cause of death has not been made public. 

The 24-year-old had been serving a two-year, four-month sentence for trafficking in controlled substances, as well as possessing property obtained by crime.

His next of kin have been notified.

Boscoe was arrested in 2016 as part of Project Minch, a multi-province sting targeting major cocaine trafficking groups in BC.

At that time, the then 21-year-old was charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking cocaine, possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a prohibited weapon, failing to comply with a probation order (three times), and failure to comply with a prohibition order to not possess a prohibited weapon, according to police records.

The Correctional Service Canada (CSC) says it will now review the circumstances around his death. 

Matsqui Institution is a medium security site east of Vancouver, and serves as the most secure medium-security institution in the region, says the CSC. The structured campus facility is designated to hold 446 inmates.

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