Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers arrested 14 men, comprising seven Singaporeans and seven foreigners aged between 28 and 61, in anti-drug operations conducted on 10 and 16 March 2022. A total of about 280g of cocaine, 54g of cannabis and cannabis seeds, 33 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets and 245g of brown powder suspected to contain controlled drugs were seized during the operations.
10 March 2022: Arrest of three men in the vicinity of Upper Bukit Timah Road
2. In the evening of 10 March, CNB officers arrested a 61-year-old Singaporean man in a private residential estate in the vicinity of Upper Bukit Timah Road. The 61-year-old man was escorted to his residence in the same residential estate, where a 59-year-old Singaporean man was arrested therein. A total of about 277g of cocaine, 14g of cannabis and cannabis seeds, 245g of brown powder suspected to contain controlled drugs, and drug paraphernalia were seized from various locations in and around the unit. A 32-year-old Singaporean man was later arrested for suspected drug offences in the same residential estate.
Photos 1 and 2 (CNB): Packets of cocaine, which were recovered from CD holders and books that had been hollowed out, seized from the vicinity of Upper Bukit Timah Road in a CNB operation conducted on 10 March 2022.
Photo 3 (CNB): Controlled drugs, including cocaine and cannabis, seized from the vicinity of Upper Bukit Timah Road in a CNB operation conducted on 10 March 2022.
16 March 2022: Arrest of 11 suspected drug abusers
3. In a follow-up operation, CNB officers arrested a total of 11 suspected drug abusers, comprising four Singaporeans and seven foreigners aged between 28 and 58, in an island-wide operation conducted on 16 March 2022. A total of about 40g of cannabis, 3g of cocaine and 33 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets were seized from the operations.
4. Superintendent Aaron Tang, Director of Intelligence Division, said:
“Drug abuse is a persistent threat that targets every vulnerable segment of our society. It exacts a heavy price on abusers, their families and our community. This is why Singapore takes a zero-tolerance approach towards drugs – to prevent harm to our people and society, and to create an environment where our children can live and play safely.
Those who visit or live in Singapore must abide by our laws. If they choose to break them, they must be prepared to face the consequences. CNB will not hesitate to take action against these drug offenders and will keep up our enforcement efforts. Our message is clear - there is no place for drugs in our society.”
5. Under Section 5 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1973, 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 30g of cocaine, he or she may face the mandatory death penalty.
6. Investigations into the drug activities of all arrested suspects are ongoing.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
17 March 2022