The Correctional Services Department (CSD) was committed to maintaining a drug-free environment for all people in its custody, a spokesperson of the department said today (February 2).
Every measure was taken by the CSD to prevent the smuggling of dangerous drugs into correctional institutions, and to eradicate their presence there, the spokesperson said.
The comments followed a case of dangerous drugs being swallowed by a remand inmate who later discharged them in her stool.
The 64-year-old remand prisoner was admitted to Tai Lam Centre for Women on January 29 on a charge of trafficking in dangerous drugs.
Acting on information that she might have swallowed some drugs before her admission, CSD officers put her in an isolation cell for close observation.
A total of 11 tablets of suspected heroin wrapped in plastic sheets were discharged in her stool this morning.
The CSD is still investigating whether she is still concealing more dangerous drugs. The case has been reported to Police.
There were 188 seizures of dangerous drugs last year and nine this year up to January 31, with the seizures mainly in reception centres.
Ends/Tuesday, February 2, 2010
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