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 (November 22).
"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.
The 55-year-old man was admitted to Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre on November 16 on a charge of possession of dangerous drug.
Acting on information that he might have swallowed some drugs before his admission, department officers put him in an isolation cell for close observation.
Officers found today in his stool eight tablets of suspected heroin wrapped in plastic sheet.
An investigation by the department into whether more dangerous drugs are still concealed in the remand continues.
The case has been reported to the police.
There were 93 seizures of dangerous drugs last year and 165 this year up to November 19, with the seizures mainly in reception centres.
Ends/Sunday, November 22, 2009
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