Correctional Services Department finds dangerous drugs on 17-year-old inmate

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 March, 2006, 12:00am

Updated at 6.54pm:
The Correctional Services Department said on Thursday it had discovered some dangerous drugs possessed by a 17-year-old man who was newly admitted to custody.

A department spokesman said the inmate, surnamed Lau, had discharged 17 tablets of the party drug Midazolam.

The drugs had been wrapped in plastic sheets when found, he said.

Midazolam is a tranquiliser usually used to produce sleepiness or drowsiness and to relieve anxiety before surgery. But it has become a party drug popular among young people in both Hong Kong and overseas in recent years.

Lau was recalled for a breach of supervision order and was admitted to Pik Uk Correctional Institution on February 26.

The 17-year-old inmate told the department that he had no idea when he had swallowed the drugs.

The spokesman said department officers had put Lau in an isolation cell for close observation, convinced that there might be some drugs remaining in his body.

He added that the case has been reported to police.