A total of about 1.7kg of heroin, 214g of ‘Ice’, 250g of ketamine and some other drugs estimated to be worth more than S$179,000 were seized in a Central Narcotics Bureau operation on 17 October 2015. The sizeable haul of drugs came as a result of intensive follow-up investigations by CNB, resulting from a police roadblock in which a couple was arrested with drugs recovered from the car they were travelling in.
Couple with drugs found in car “blocked” at roadblock
In the wee hours of 17 October 2015, a couple travelling in a car was stopped at a police roadblock along Bedok North Road. About 350g of heroin, 10g of ‘Ice’, 81 tablets of Erimin-5, and some drug-taking utensils, syringes and a digital weighing scale were recovered from within the car. The driver [27-year-old male] and the passenger [25-year-old female], both Singaporeans, were placed under arrest. Police then referred the suspects to CNB.
2 more couples arrested in follow-up operation
Following intensive investigations, CNB officers managed to establish the identities of the drug associates of the two suspects and a follow-up operation was launched to arrest them. In the evening of 17 October 2015, CNB officers arrested two couples in the vicinity of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4. All are Singaporeans.
The first couple, a 39-year-old male and a 31-year-old female, were arrested at a HDB block in the vicinity. From the 39-year-old male suspected trafficker, CNB officers seized about 450g of heroin, 4g of ‘Ice’, 8g of cannabis, a bottle of methadone, a digital weighing scale and cash of S$15,275.
The second couple, a 29-year-old male and a 32-year-old female, were arrested after CNB officers spotted the car they were in, entering a carpark in the same vicinity. From within the car driven by the 29-year-old male, officers seized about 900g of heroin, 200g of ‘Ice’, 250g of ketamine, 100 Erimin-5 tablets, a digital weighing scale, numerous empty plastic sachets and cash of S$6,700.
Investigations into the drug activities of all the suspects are ongoing. The Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked exceeds 15g. 15g of diamorphine is equivalent to 1,250 straws, which is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
18 OCTOBER 2015
Drugs seized in CNB follow-up operation on 17 Oct 2015.
 This is estimated using a typical purity level of 4%, based on drug seizures in recent years. The number of straws that are actually made may vary according to the purity level of the heroin used in the straws.