On 6 December 2017, a total of about 2.6kg of synthetic cannabis was seized in an operation conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and supported by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA).
2 In the morning of 6 December, CNB officers were deployed in the vicinity of Yishun Industrial Street 1 to observe two suspected drug offenders. The two suspects - male Singaporeans aged 40 and 45 years – were spotted entering a unit in the industrial building separately. Following further observation, CNB officers swiftly raided the unit and arrested the two men. Noticing the presence of a pungent smell within the unit, the officers quickly exited the unit with the two arrested persons.
3 A team of SCDF’s HazMat (Hazardous Materials) specialists in fully encapsulated suits entered the unit to investigate the pungent smell. Using handheld detectors, it was ascertained that the air within the room was hazardous and controlled ventilation of the unit was carried out. Once the unit was assessed to be safe to enter, CNB and HSA officers proceeded to conduct a thorough search of the unit.
4 A total of about 2.6kg of synthetic cannabis and 500g of unknown powdery substance were recovered from within the unit.
5 The two men are being investigated for unauthorised manufacture of controlled drugs. If convicted of unauthorised manufacturing of a Class A controlled drug, the two face a minimum of 10 years’ imprisonment and 5 strokes of the cane.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE
HEALTH SCIENCES AUTHORITY
8 DECEMBER 2017
Photo-1 (CNB): A tray containing synthetic cannabis, seized in a CNB operation on 6 December 2017
Photo-2 (SCDF): SCDF HazMat specialists in fully encapsulated suits (6 December 2017).