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Correctional officers prevent smuggling of suspected dangerous drugs into correctional institution

     Correctional officers seized suspected dangerous drugs from an inmate remanded at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre yesterday (November 18), preventing an attempt to smuggle dangerous drugs into a correctional institution.
      The drugs were found wrapped in a 5cm-long plastic pellet during a security check at about 10.50am, and were reported to the Police for further investigation. The 38-year-old male inmate was remanded at the reception centre for the offence of trafficking in dangerous drugs.   
      A Correctional Services Department spokesperson said, "With an effective mechanism to collect intelligence, the department takes every measure to stop the introduction 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 our custody."  
      There have been 141 seizures of dangerous drugs so far this year. Most of the seizures were made in reception centres.

Ends/Monday, November 19, 2012
Issued at HKT 17:03