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Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre remand inmate discharges dangerous drug two days in a row


     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 (April 24).

     "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 swallowing dangerous drugs and discharging them in his stool in two consecutive days.

     The 38-year-old man was admitted to Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre on April 21 on a charge of trafficking in a dangerous drug.

     Acting on information that he might have swallowed some drugs before his admission, department officers placed him in an isolation cell for close observation.
     Officers today found in his stool today and yesterday a total of eight packs of suspected dangerous drugs wrapped in plastic sheets. He remains under observation to ascertain whether more dangerous drugs remain in his body.

     The case has been reported to the Police.

     There were 137 seizures of dangerous drugs in 2010 and 36 up to April 11 this year, with the seizures mainly in reception centres.

Ends/Sunday, April 24, 2011
Issued at HKT 22:36