Correctional officers intercept smuggling of suspected dangerous drugs into reception centre

     Correctional officers at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre today (March 19) successfully intercepted a small quantity of suspected dangerous drugs concealed inside the body of a remand person in custody.

     Upon admission to the institution yesterday, the 37-year-old male remand person in custody underwent X-ray body scanning and was suspected to have swallowed some drugs. He was therefore put under close monitoring.

     Until about 9.10am today, he discharged a total of 11 small packs of suspected dangerous drugs wrapped in plastic sheet. The man was remanded for an offence of trafficking in dangerous drugs.

     The case has 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 28 seizures of dangerous drugs to date this year.

Ends/Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Issued at HKT 23:27