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Correctional officers intercept smuggling of suspected dangerous drugs into reception centre

     Correctional officers seized a quantity of suspected dangerous drugs from a male remand person in custody at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre today (December 7).

     The 43-year-old remand person in custody underwent X-ray body scanning on his admission to the centre on December 4 and was suspected to have swallowed dangerous drugs.

     Until about 10.10am today, the remand person in custody was found to have discharged six small packs of suspected dangerous drugs wrapped in plastic sheet. He was remanded for an offence of trafficking in dangerous drug.

     The case has been reported to the Police for investigation.

     A spokesperson for the department said, "The department takes every measure to stop the introduction of dangerous drugs or unauthorised articles into correctional institutions in order to maintain good order and discipline in a drug-free environment for all people in its custody.

     There have been 91 seizures of dangerous drugs to date this year. Most of the seizures were made in reception centres.

Ends/Saturday, December 7, 2013

Issued at HKT 21:56