In an island-wide drug enforcement operation carried out by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) from the morning of 10 June to the morning of 14 June 2019, a total of 115 drug offenders were arrested. Drugs amounting to about 1,275g of ‘Ice’, 1,037g of cannabis, 85g of heroin, 24g of ketamine, 17g of new psychoactive substances (NPS), 269 Erimin-5 tablets and 158 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets, estimated to be worth about S$164,000, were also seized.
2 This island-wide operation was supported by the Singapore Police Force and some of the areas covered included Balestier, Boon Lay, Buangkok, Bukit Batok, Eunos, Marsiling, Sembawang, Whampoa, Woodlands and Yishun.
Large seizure of ‘Ice’, cannabis and ‘Ecstasy tablets’
3 In one of the cases during this island-wide operation, on 13 June, six suspected drug offenders, all Singaporean males, were arrested and a total of about 1,206g of ‘Ice’, 891g of cannabis and 137 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets, estimated to be worth about S$143,000, were seized in this case.
4 On 13 June, CNB officers deployed in the vicinity of Sin Ming Avenue arrested two suspected offenders – a 28-year-old and a 34-year-old – inside the lift at the ground floor and found a total of about 159g of ‘Ice’ and 50 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets in the lift.
5 Just as officers were preparing to raid a drug hideout in that same block, it was noticed that the suspect holding out in the hideout, a 38-year-old male, discarded some items out of the unit’s kitchen window. A short while later, in total disregard of his own safety and others’, the suspect began to scale down from the unit located on the 12th floor. The suspect eventually entered a unit on the 9th floor and was promptly arrested by CNB officers.
6 In the presence of the 38-year-old suspect, a total of about 354g of ‘Ice’ was recovered on the ground floor of the block. The suspect was then escorted to his hideout, where a total of about 693g of ‘Ice’ and 87 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets were recovered from within the unit.
Photo 1 (CNB): 38-year-old Singaporean male suspect scaling heights in bid to evade arrest, in CNB operation at Sin Ming Avenue on 13 June 2019. The suspect was eventually arrested.
7 Swift follow-up investigations led to the arrest of three other suspects. CNB officers raided a unit in the vicinity of Marine Vista, and arrested a 40-year-old male suspect and recovered about 459g of cannabis from within the unit. During the raid, a 37-year-old suspect approached the unit and was placed under arrest. Later in the night, CNB officers arrested a 31-year-old suspect who was escorted to his rented unit in a private apartment in the vicinity of Robey Crescent. About 432g of cannabis was recovered from within the unit.
8 Investigations into the drug activities of all the arrested persons are ongoing. 1,275g of ‘Ice’ is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 728 abusers for a week. 1,037g of cannabis is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 148 abusers for a week.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
14 JUNE 2019