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 (December 31).
"The department is committed to maintaining a drug-free environment for all people in its custody," the spokesperson said.
The above comments followed the case of a woman on remand who swallowed dangerous drugs and later discharged them in her stool.
The 53-year-old woman was admitted to Tai Lam Centre for Women on December 29 on a charge of trafficking in a dangerous drug.
Acting on information that she might have swallowed some drugs before her admission, department officers placed her in an isolation cell for close observation.
Today, officers found in her stool six tablets of suspected dangerous drugs.
She remains under observation to ascertain whether more dangerous drugs remain in her body.
The case has been reported to the Police.
There were 188 seizures of dangerous drugs last year and 135 this year up to December 30, with the seizures mainly taking place in the reception centres.
Ends/Friday, December 31, 2010
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