Intensive 48-hour operations lead to arrest of nine traffickers and seizure of drugs worth $150,000
27 May 2011
Over the past 48 hours (25 May 2011, 9 am to 27 May 2011, 9 am), officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) worked intensively to carry out three large scale operations aimed at crippling both demand and supply on illicit drugs.
At the end of the operation, CNB had arrested nine suspected drug traffickers, three of whom will be investigated for capital drug trafficking offences. 55 suspected drug abusers were also arrested and drugs with a total approximate street value of S$150,250 were recovered. Two Singapore-registered cars and cash totalling S$45,161 were also seized in the operation.
Stepping on the gas
The first of the series of operations involved two male suspects, aged 43 years and 46 years. CNB commenced investigations after finding out that they had been buying drugs at the wholesale level and pushing out drugs in smaller packets in and around their hideout, which is a private apartment located in the Bendemeer area. As their apartment was on the ground level, some drug transactions took place through the window.
On 26 May 2011 at around 2.30pm, they drove a silver sedan to a petrol station in Tiong Bahru. Once the suspects were positively identified, CNB officers moved in and arrested them. A paper bundle containing five packets of heroin weighing approximately 39 grams were found on the 46-year-old. CNB officers recovered another approximately 314 grams of heroin, 51 Erimin-5 tablets, 27 grams of ‘Ice’ and 11 grams of cannabis, drug-smoking paraphernalia and S$35,271 worth of cash from their hideout.
Not just a walk in the (car)park
The second operation involved a 35-year-old drug suspect.
On 26 May 2011 at about 6.30 pm, CNB officers saw him driving the same black Mitsubishi Lancer into a car park located at Ang Mo Kio. He was ambushed by CNB officers in the lift of a nearby HDB block. A total of approximately 513 grams of heroin, 242 Ecstasy tablets, five grams of ‘Ice’ and two LSD stamps were seized from his car. Cash amounting to S$9,890 and various glass apparatus meant for abusing ‘Ice’ were also recovered during the search.
The three Singaporean men in both cases will be investigated for drug trafficking under the Misuse of Drugs Act. If convicted of the offence, all three will face the death penalty.
48 – twice as intensive as a 24-hour drama
CNB simultaneously mounted a 48-hour operation all over Singapore targeting at street level drug demand. The various raids led to the arrest of 61 persons for suspected drug trafficking, possession and consumption offences. Another 8 grams of heroin, 2 grams of “Ice”, 14 grams of Cannabis and other assortment of drugs were seized.
CNB’s commitment towards safety and security
“The three operations spanning across 48 hours illustrate CNB’s commitment in keeping the drug problem under firm control. I applaud the passion and efforts of CNB officers in these prolonged operations. CNB will continue to carry out intensified and varied operations to targeting at both the demand and supply of illicit drugs in Singapore.” said Mr Ng Boon Gay (Huang Wen Yi), the director of CNB.
Central Narcotics Bureau
27 May 2011