102 Suspected Drug Offenders Arrested in Island-wide Operations; More than 20kg Cannabis Seized in a Drug Hideout

13 May 2022

          Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) arrested 102 suspected drug offenders in an island-wide drug operations from 9 to 13 May 2022. During the operation, controlled drugs of about 6,227g of heroin, 724g of ‘Ice’, 20,438g of cannabis, 3g of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), one ‘Ecstasy’ tablet, two bottles of liquid suspected to contain GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) and 16 methadone tablets were seized. The total amount of drugs seized during this 5-day island-wide operation have an estimated street value of more than $1,195,000, and is sufficient to feed of about 2,960 heroin abusers, 410 ‘Ice’ abusers and 2,910 cannabis abusers for a week.

2.         Some of the areas covered during the island-wide operations included Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Batok and Yio Chu Kang. The youngest arrested is a 17-year-old female Singaporean for suspected drug abuse.

11 May 2022:
More than 20kg of cannabis seized;
Three suspected drug traffickers arrested in the vicinity of Bendemeer Road and Braddell Hill

3.           In the evening of 11 May, CNB officers arrested a 57-year-old Singaporean man in the vicinity of Bendemeer Road and recovered a minute amount of heroin and cash amounting to $3,200 from him. In the same evening, CNB officers arrested a 65-year-old Singaporean man in a residential unit in the same vicinity. A total of about 821g of heroin and 16 methadone tablets were seized from the unit.

4.            CNB followed up and arrested a 24-year-old Malaysian man on the ground floor of an apartment block in the vicinity of Braddell Hill, recovering about 952g of heroin and 4,093g of cannabis from him. The man was escorted to his hideout in the same block, where seven bundles containing about 4,298g of heroin and 16 bundles containing about 16,306g of cannabis were found and seized.

5.            The drugs seized in this case have an estimated street value of more than $1,039,000, and is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 2,900 cannabis abusers and 2,900 heroin abusers for a week.

 
CNB drug bust 13 May 2022

Photo 1 (CNB):
A bag containing bundles of cannabis seized from a residential unit in the vicinity of Braddell Hill in a CNB operation on 11 May 2022.

 CNB drug bust 13 May 2022

CNB drug bust 13 May 2022

Photos 2 and 3 (CNB): 
Some of the heroin and cannabis seized by CNB from a residential unit in the vicinity of Braddell Hill on 11 May 2022.

10 May 2022:
In another case, three men arrested in the vicinity of Marine Crescent

6.           In an unlinked case, CNB officers raided a residential unit in the vicinity of Marine Crescent in the afternoon of 10 May, arresting a 54-year-old Singaporean man for suspected drug trafficking activities and seizing a total of about 642g of ‘Ice’ and one ‘Ecstasy’ tablet, along with various drug paraphernalia, from within the unit.

7.            Two Singaporean men, aged 25 and 58, were subsequently arrested in the same vicinity for suspected drug offences later the same day. About 8g of ‘Ice’ and drug paraphernalia were recovered from the 58-year-old man. The 54-year-old man and 25-year-old man were father and son.

8.           The ‘Ice’ seized in this 10 May operation has an estimated street value of $130,000, and is sufficient to feed 370 ‘Ice’ abusers for a week.

CNB drug bust 13 May 2022

Photo 4 (CNB): 
A total of about 650g of ‘Ice’ seized in the vicinity of Marine Crescent in a CNB operation on 10 May 2022.


9.           Assistant Commissioner Leon Chan, Deputy Director CNB (Operations), said of the island-wide operation:

Singapore’s open economy and connectedness as a regional transport hub, and its proximity to major drug-producing regions, places it in constant danger of being overwhelmed by an influx of narcotics. While the drug situation in Singapore is relatively under control, we cannot take this for granted.

Tough laws and the public’s continued support are key to achieving a drug-free Singapore. CNB too has not let up on our enforcement efforts, and we are continuing to target drug supply and demand within Singapore, together with the rest of the Home Team.

This latest haul of drugs has disrupted the syndicates, and CNB will continue to keep up the pressure on them. We are also controlling local demand with our dragnet operations targeting drug abusers.”

10.           Under Section 5 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, it is an offence for a person, on his or her own behalf, or on behalf of any other person, whether or not that other person is in Singapore, to traffic in a controlled drug, offer to traffic in a controlled drug; or to do or offer to do any act preparatory to or for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled drug. If a person is found guilty of trafficking more than 15g of pure heroin (diamorphine), 250g of methamphetamine or 500g of cannabis, he or she may face the mandatory death penalty.

11.           Investigations into the drug activities of all arrested suspects are ongoing.

 

CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU

13 May 2022