The Correctional Services Department (CSD) took every measure to prevent the smuggling of dangerous drugs into, and eradicate their presence in, correctional institutions, a department spokesperson said today (December 4).
"The department is committed to maintaining a drug-free environment for all persons in its custody", he said.
His comments followed two cases in which correctional officers found dangerous drugs concealed by two remand inmates yesterday (December 3). They were admitted to Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre on December 2 on a charge of trafficking in dangerous drugs.
Acting on information that the remands might have swallowed some dangerous drugs before their admission, CSD officers put them in isolation cells for close observation. Officers seized from their stools yesterday a total of 14 tablets of suspected heroin wrapped in plastic sheets.
These cases have been reported to the Police. Investigation by CSD continues.
There were 93 seizures of dangerous drugs last year and 172 up to December 3 this year, with the seizures mainly in reception centres.
Ends/Friday, December 4, 2009
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