Correctional officers seized suspected dangerous drugs from a remand inmate at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre today (May 27).
The 57-year-old male remand inmate underwent X-ray body scanning on his admission to the centre on May 25 and was suspected to have swallowed dangerous drugs. Until around 5am today, he discharged a total of seven small packs 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 43 seizures of dangerous drugs to date this year. Most of the seizures were made in reception centres.
Ends/Monday, May 27, 2013
Issued at HKT 15:01