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 (July 7).
"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 person in custody swallowing dangerous drugs and later discharging them in his stool.
The 47-year-old man was admitted to Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre yesterday (July 6) on a charge of possessing dangerous drugs.
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 in his stool today a total of 1l tablets of suspected dangerous drugs wrapped in plastic sheets.
An investigation by the department into whether more dangerous drugs are still concealed in the remand person continues.
The case has been reported to the Police.
There were 188 seizures of dangerous drugs last year and 69 this year up to July 6, with the seizures mainly in the reception centres.
Ends/Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Issued at HKT 16:15