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Correctional officers intercept smuggling of suspected dangerous drugs into reception centre

     Correctional officers today (April 23) seized suspected dangerous drugs from a remand inmate at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre.

      The 55-year-old male remand inmate underwent X-ray body scanning on his admission to the centre on April 20 and was suspected to have swallowed dangerous drugs. At around 3.10pm today, he was found to have discharged 12 pellets of suspected dangerous drugs wrapped in plastic.

      The case was reported to the Police.

      The inmate was remanded for the offence of possession of a dangerous drug.

      A spokesperson for the department said, "The department takes every measure to stop the introduction of dangerous drugs or unauthorised articles into correctional institutions in order to maintain good order and discipline in a drug-free environment for all people in its custody."

      There have been 35 seizures of dangerous drugs to date this year. Most of the seizures were made in reception centres.

Ends/Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Issued at HKT 19:14