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On 22 November 2014, about 1kg of cannabis was seized at the Woodlands Checkpoint and one suspected drug importer was arrested. The seized cannabis had an estimated street value of more than S$33,000.
At about 1.05pm yesterday, Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint were alerted by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) to a case of suspected drug importation. ICA officers had conducted a routine check on a Malaysia-registered car upon arrival and recovered one block of vegetable matter, suspected to be cannabis, from the engine compartment of the car. The driver, a 37-year-old male Malaysian, was subsequently placed under arrest.
Investigations are ongoing. Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, those convicted of importing more than 500g of cannabis may face the death penalty.
The Home Team agencies will continue to conduct checks on passengers and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle in undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contrabands.
Photo 1: Cannabis seized at Woodlands Checkpoint on 22 November 2014.
Photo 2: Car in which one block of cannabis was found by ICA officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint on 22 November 2014.