Correctional officers intercept smuggling of suspected dangerous drugs into correctional institution

     Correctional officers at Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre yesterday (May 24) intercepted a male remand person in custody who was smuggling suspected dangerous drugs into the correctional institution by concealing them inside his body.

     The 47-year-old person in custody was remanded in the institution for the offence of trafficking in a dangerous drug. After undergoing X-ray body scanning, he was suspected to have swallowed dangerous drugs before admission and was therefore put under isolation and close monitoring.

     By 8.40pm yesterday, he had discharged seven pellets of suspected dangerous drugs wrapped in plastic sheet. The case has been reported to the Police for follow-up.

     A spokesperson for the Correctional Services Department said, "The department takes every measure to stop the introduction of dangerous drugs and unauthorised articles into correctional institutions in order to maintain good order and discipline and a drug-free environment for all people in its custody."

Ends/Thursday, May 25, 2017
Issued at HKT 11:57