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 (March 18).
"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 March 17 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 six tablets of suspected dangerous drugs in her stool .
She remains under observation to ascertain whether more dangerous drugs remain in her body.
The case has been reported to the Police.
There were 137 seizures of dangerous drugs in 2010 and 29 up to March 17 this year, with the seizures mainly in the reception centres.
Ends/Friday, March 18, 2011
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