Correctional officers intercept smuggling of suspected dangerous drugs into reception centre

     Correctional officers at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre intercepted suspected dangerous drugs concealed inside the body of a remand person in custody today (January 21).

      Upon admission to the institution yesterday, the 55-year-old male remand person in custody underwent X-ray body scanning and was suspected to have swallowed dangerous drugs. Therefore a close monitor was rendered.

      By about 1pm today, the remand person in custody was found to have discharged five small packs of suspected dangerous drugs wrapped in plastic sheet. He was remanded for an offence of possession of dangerous drugs.

      The case has been reported to the Police for investigation.

      A spokesperson for the Correctional Services 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 14 seizures of dangerous drugs by correctional officers to date this year.

Ends/Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Issued at HKT 18:45