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Correctional officers intercept smuggling of suspected dangerous drugs into correctional institution

     Correctional officers at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre today (August 16) intercepted a male remand person in custody who was smuggling suspected dangerous drugs into the correctional institution by concealing them inside his body.

     The 50-year-old person in custody was remanded in the institution for the offence of possession of dangerous drugs on August 15. After undergoing X-ray body scanning, he was suspected to have swallowed dangerous drugs before admission and was therefore put under isolation and close monitoring.

     By 1.25pm today, he had discharged eight pellets of suspected dangerous drugs wrapped in plastic sheets. 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/Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:37