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Correctional staff successfully prevent smuggling of dangerous drugs


     Correctional Services staff today (March 2) found a total of 21 tablets of suspected dangerous drugs in the stool of two inmates and swiftly prevented the smuggling of dangerous drugs into correctional institutions.

     The two respectively were admitted to Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre (LCKRC) on a charge of trafficking in a dangerous drug.

     One of them was a 53-year-old man who was admitted to LCKRC on February 29.  Staff members first found in his stool 11 tablets of suspected dangerous drugs shortly after yesterday (March 1) noon, and at about 4.05pm today, further found in his stool five tablets of suspected dangerous drugs wrapped in plastic.

     The other one, aged 35, was admitted to LCKRC today at about 3.30pm. He was found to have hidden 15 tablets of suspected drugs wrapped in plastic in his stool at about 5.35pm, and another tablet at about 6.55pm today.

     The two remain 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 31 this year to date, with the seizures mainly made in reception centres.

Ends/Friday, March 2, 2012
Issued at HKT 21:44