The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) carried out an island-wide operation from the morning of 19 August to the morning of 23 August 2019, which saw the arrest of 110 suspected drug offenders. Drugs seized in this island-wide operation included about 1,274g of ‘Ice’, 218g of heroin, 173g of cannabis, 133g of new psychoactive substances, 5g of ketamine, 506 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets, 98 Erimin-5 tablets and 43 bottles of liquid suspected to contain GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate). The estimated worth of the drugs seized was about S$163,000. The youngest suspected drug abuser arrested in this operation was a 15-year-old Singaporean male.
2 Some of the areas covered in this island-wide operation included Ang Mo Kio, Buangkok, Clementi, Hougang, Jurong, Punggol and Tampines.
Large seizure of ‘Ice’, seven Singaporean suspected drug offenders arrested
3 In one of the cases during this island-wide operation, CNB officers arrested a 34-year-old male suspected drug trafficker in the vicinity of Yishun Avenue 4 in the afternoon of 20 August. About 25g of ‘Ice’ was found on him. Officers escorted him to his rented room in the same vicinity, from which a total of about 575g of ‘Ice’, 5g of ketamine, 374 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets and cash amounting to S$42,181 were found. A 37-year-old male suspected drug abuser was also arrested within the room.
4 Subsequently, a 28-year-old male suspect approached the unit and was immediately placed under arrest. About 28g of ‘Ice’, a digital weighing scale, numerous empty plastic sachets, a flick knife and cash amounting to S$2,600 were recovered from him. A subsequent search of the 28-year-old suspect’s car led to the recovery of 3 parangs and a baton.
5 The 34-year-old suspect was then brought to his car, parked at the foot of the block. A search of the 34-year-old suspect’s car was conducted and a total of about 447g of ‘Ice’, 38 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets, three bottles containing unknown liquid and various drug-taking utensils were recovered. Apart from these, officers further recovered a taser and a baton.
Photo-1 (CNB): Baton and flick knife recovered during CNB’s operation on 20 August 2019.
Photo-2 (CNB): Baton and taser recovered during CNB’s operation on 20 August 2019.
Photo-3 (CNB): Parangs recovered during CNB’s operation on 20 August 2019.
6 Following up on the arrest of these 3 suspects, CNB officers were deployed in the vicinity of Jurong West Street 75 to conduct observation on a suspected drug trafficker believed to be linked to the 34-year-old suspect arrested in Yishun. CNB officers eventually arrested the suspected drug trafficker, a 27-year-old male, when he came out of his unit. Two suspected drug abusers – a 20-year-old male and a 26-year-old female – were also arrested within the unit. A total of about 161g of ‘Ice’, 97 Erimin-5 tablets, 83 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets, and a small amount of cannabis and heroin were recovered from within the unit.
7 During the operation at Jurong West Street 75, CNB officers also spotted a 30-year-old suspect behaving suspiciously at the void deck of a block in the area and promptly arrested him. A small packet of ‘Ice’ and other drug utensils and paraphernalia were found on him.
Photo-4 (CNB): Some of the drugs seized during CNB’s operation on 20 August 2019, in which seven suspected drug offenders were arrested.
Photo-5 (CNB): Some of the drugs seized during CNB’s operation on 20 August 2019, in which seven suspected drug offenders were arrested.
8 Investigations into the drug activities of all the arrested persons are ongoing. The 28-year-old and 34-year-old suspects were also referred to the Police for further investigations into the offence of possession of scheduled weapon. The 1,236g of ‘Ice’ seized in the operation on 20 August is sufficient to feed the addiction of more than 700 abusers for a week.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
23 AUGUST 2019