On 5 December 2014, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) launched an operation to apprehend a suspected local drug trafficker who was believed to be dealing in sizeable amounts of drugs. From this operation, a total of about 2.1kg of heroin, 990g of cannabis,
970 Erimin-5 tablets and a small amount of ‘Ice’ were seized. The drugs seized had an estimated street value of more than S$190,000.
On the afternoon of 5 December 2014, CNB officers were deployed in the vicinity of Jalan Boon Lay to conduct observation on a suspected local drug trafficker, a 54-year-old male Singaporean, who was believed to be expecting a fresh consignment of drugs.
At about 4.10pm, the 54-year-old male was spotted alighting from a taxi and entering the compound of a factory building. The suspected drug courier, a 28-year-old Malaysian, was earlier also spotted in the same factory building. Shortly after, the 54-year-old
was seen leaving the compound.
CNB officers moved in to arrest the two suspects. From within a sling bag the 54-year-old was carrying, CNB officers recovered five packets of heroin. From within the car of the 28-year-old Malaysian, CNB officers recovered one packet of heroin, one block
of cannabis and a bundle of Erimin-5 tablets. The 54-year-old male was then brought to his hideout, where a search of the unit uncovered 37 small packets of heroin and a small amount of ‘Ice’.
Investigations into the drug activities of both men are ongoing. If convicted, both may face the death penalty. The Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked exceeds 15g. 15g of diamorphine
is equivalent to 1,250 straws, which is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week. The 2.1 kg of heroin seized in this operation is enough to sustain the addiction of about 230 abusers for a month. Under the Misuse of Drugs Act,
those convicted of trafficking in more than 500g of cannabis may face the death penalty.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
6 DECEMBER 2014
Photo 1: A car that was seized in a CNB operation on 5 Dec 2014.
Photo 2: Drugs seized in a CNB operation on 5 Dec 2014.