The Correctional Services Department took every measure to prevent the smuggling of dangerous drugs into correctional institutions, and to eradicate their presence there, a department spokesperson said today (September 19).
"The department is committed to maintaining a drug-free environment for all people in its custody", the spokesperson said.
The comments followed the case of a remand inmate swallowing dangerous drugs and later discharging them in his stool.
Surnamed Wong, the 55-year-old was admitted to Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre yesterday (September 18) on a charge of assault.
Acting on information that Wong might have swallowed some drugs before his admission, department officers put him in an isolation cell for close observation.
Officers found in Wong's stool yesterday a total of 8 tablets of suspected heroin wrapped in plastic sheets.
An investigation by the department into whether more dangerous drugs are still concealed in Wong continues.
The case has been reported to the police.
There were 93 seizures of dangerous drugs last year and 134 this year up to September 14, with the seizures mainly in reception centres.
Ends/Saturday, September 19, 2009
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