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Correctional officers intercept smuggling of suspected dangerous drugs into reception centre

     Correctional officers seized a quantity of suspected dangerous drugs from two male remand inmates at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre today (August 9).

     The two male remand inmates, aged 38 and 47, underwent X-ray body scanning on their admission to the centre on August 8 and were suspected to have swallowed dangerous drugs.

     At about 7.15am and 1.10pm today, the 38-year-old male remand inmate and the 47-year-old male remand inmate were found to have discharged five and seven small packs of suspected dangerous drugs wrapped in plastic sheet respectively. Both inmates were remanded for the offence of trafficking in dangerous drugs.

     The two cases have been reported to the Police for investigation.

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


Ends/Friday, August 9, 2013
Issued at HKT 19:05