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Correctional officers intercept smuggling of suspected dangerous drugs into reception centre

     Correctional officers seized suspected dangerous drugs from a remand inmate at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre today (April 29).

      The 53-year-old male remand inmate underwent X-ray body scanning on his admission to the centre on April 25 and was suspected to have swallowed suspected dangerous drugs. As of around 1pm today, he had discharged a total of nine pellets of suspected dangerous drugs wrapped in plastic.

      The case was reported to the Police.

      The inmate was remanded for the offence of trafficking in 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 39 seizures of dangerous drugs to date this year. Most of the seizures were made in reception centres.

Ends/Monday, April 29, 2013
Issued at HKT 18:28