Correctional staff seize suspected dangerous drugs

     Correctional officers seized suspected dangerous drugs from an inmate on remand at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre today (September 6), stopping attempts to smuggle dangerous drugs into correctional institutions.

     Acting on intelligence, officers found that the inmate had discharged a total of 11 tablets of suspected dangerous drugs wrapped in plastic during security checks at about 9am.

     The male inmate, aged 43, was remanded at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre for an offence of trafficking in dangerous drugs yesterday.

     The case has been reported to the Police for investigation.

     A Correctional Services Department spokesperson said, "With effective mechanisms to collect intelligence, the department takes every measure to stop the introduction of dangerous drugs into correctional institutions and to eradicate their presence there. We are committed to maintaining a drug-free environment for all people in its custody."

     There have been 114 seizures of dangerous drugs to date this year. Most seizures were made in reception centres.

Ends/Thursday, September 6, 2012
Issued at HKT 17:10