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Correctional officers intercept smuggling of suspected dangerous drugs into reception centre

     Correctional officers at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre today (June 30) intercepted a remand person in custody smuggling suspected dangerous drugs into the reception centre by concealing them inside his body.

     The 34-year-old remand person in custody was remanded in the institution for the offence of trafficking in dangerous drugs on June 29. After undergoing X-ray body scanning, he was suspected to have swallowed suspected dangerous drugs before admission and was therefore separated and put under close monitoring.

     At 8.53am today, he discharged one pack of suspected cocaine, measuring seven centimetres long and two centimetres wide, weighing 28.17 grams and wrapped in plastic. The case has been reported to the Police for follow-up.

     A spokesperson for the Correctional Services 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 and a drug-free environment for all people in its custody."

Ends/Thursday, June 30, 2016
Issued at HKT 19:12