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Correctional officers intercept smuggling of suspected dangerous drugs into reception centre

     Correctional officers today (July 18) seized suspected dangerous drugs from a male remand inmate at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre.

      The 59-year-old male remand inmate underwent X-ray body scanning on his admission to the centre on July 15 and was suspected to have swallowed dangerous drugs. By around 11.30am today he was found to have discharged a total of five 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 54 seizures of dangerous drugs to date this year. Most of the seizures were made in reception centres.

Ends/Thursday, July 18, 2013
Issued at HKT 16:36

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