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Correctional officers intercept smuggling of suspected dangerous drugs into reception centre

     Correctional officers today (June 11) seized suspected dangerous drugs from a remand inmate at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre.

      The 50-year-old male remand inmate underwent X-ray body scanning on his admission to the centre on June 7 and was suspected to have swallowed dangerous drugs. At around noon today he discharged 13 small packs of suspected dangerous drugs wrapped in plastic.

      The case was reported to the Police for investigation.

      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 48 seizures of dangerous drugs to date this year. Most of the seizures were made in reception centres.

Ends/Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Issued at HKT 15:10