The Correctional Services Department (CSD) is committed to maintaining a drug-free environment for all people in its custody, a spokesperson of the department said today (August 14).
Every measure was taken by the CSD to prevent the smuggling of dangerous drugs into, and eradicate their presence in, correctional institutions, the spokesperson said.
The comments followed the case of dangerous drugs being swallowed by a remand who later discharged them in her stool.
Surnamed Tse, the 52-year-old remand prisoner was admitted to Tai Lam Centre for Women yesterday (August 13) on a charge of possession of a dangerous drug.
Acting on information that Tse might have swallowed some drugs before her admission, CSD officers put her in an isolation cell for close observation.
A total of nine tablets of suspected heroin wrapped in plastic sheets were discharged in Tse's stool this afternoon.
The CSD is investigating whether Tse is still concealing more dangerous drugs. The case has been reported to Police.
There were 93 seizures of dangerous drugs last year and 98 up to July 31 this year, with the seizures mainly in reception centres.
Ends/Friday, August 14, 2009
Issued at HKT 17:47