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 (October 25).
"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 man on remand who swallowed dangerous drugs and later discharged them in his stool.
The 52-year-old man was admitted to Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre on October 21 on a charge of trafficking in a dangerous drug.
Acting on information that he might have swallowed drugs before his admission, department officers placed him in an isolation cell for close observation.
On October 23 and 25, officers found a total of 26 packs of suspected dangerous drugs wrapped in plastic paper in his stool.
The department is investigating whether more dangerous drugs are still inside the man.
The case has been reported to the Police.
The Correctional Services Department made 188 seizures of dangerous drugs last year, and 111 this year up to October 24. Most of the drugs were found in the reception centres.
Ends/Monday, October 25, 2010
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