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Correctional officers successfully prevent smuggling of dangerous drugs

    

     Officers of the Correctional Services Department seized eight tablets of suspected dangerous drugs from an inmate at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre and successfully prevented the smuggling of dangerous drugs into correctional institutions, a department spokesperson said today (February 28).

     The spokesperson said that eight tablets of a suspected dangerous drug were found wrapped in plastic in a 35-year-old inmate's stool today and yesterday. The same inmate was found to have five tablets of suspected dangerous drugs hidden in his shoe when he was admitted to Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre last Sunday for breach of a Supervision Order under the Drug Addiction Treatment Centres Ordinance.

     He remains under observation to ascertain whether more dangerous drugs remain in his body.

     The case has been reported to the Police.

     The spokesperson said, "The department takes every measure to prevent the smuggling of dangerous drugs into correctional institutions and to eradicate their presence there. We are committed to maintaining a drug-free environment for all people in its custody."

     There were 125 seizures of dangerous drugs in 2011 and 21 this year to date, with the seizures mainly made in reception centres.


Ends/Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Issued at HKT 17:51

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