Drug warning issued for holiday

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 April, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 April, 2001, 12:00am

As hundreds of thousands of people pass through border check points and fly out of Chek Lap Kok to take advantage of the Easter break, government officials have warned young people not to abuse drugs while travelling outside the SAR.

'Hong Kong people travelling in the mainland should abide by mainland laws and rules,' Commissioner for Narcotics Clarie Lo Ku Ka-lee said. 'Trafficking in and manufacture of drugs can, on conviction, result in a maximum penalty of capital pun ishment and confiscation of drug proceeds.'

Youthful offenders from the SAR should not expect special treatment from mainland authorities, Ms Lo warned.

'The mainland also enforces, through administrative means, compulsory treatment for drug abusers, irrespective of where such abusers come from,' she said.

The Narcotics Division of the Security Bureau has arranged poster advertisements at the Kowloon Tong, Sheung Shui and Lowu railway stations to publicise the harmful effects of drug abuse.