On 11 July 2018 at about 11.15pm, a checkpoint officer directed an arriving Malaysia-registered car for further checks at Woodlands checkpoint. During the course of checks, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers recovered four bundles of suspected controlled drugs, covered with cling wrap hidden in a bag. A 71-year-old male Singapore Permanent Resident was placed under arrest and the case was handed over to the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). The four bundles were later found to contain a total of about 204g of cannabis, estimated to be worth about S$2,000.
2. An hour later, at about 12.25am, a checkpoint officer directed a car driven by a 67-year-old male Singaporean with a 38-year-old male Singaporean passenger for further checks upon arrival at Woodlands checkpoint. During the course of checks, ICA officers uncovered a bundle of suspected controlled drugs wrapped in aluminium foil, inside a bag in the car boot. Both male suspects were placed under arrest and the case was referred to CNB. The bundle contained a total of about 3kg of cannabis, estimated to be worth $30,000.
3. Investigations for the two cases are ongoing.
4. Under the Misuse of Drug Act, those convicted of trafficking in more than 500g of cannabis may face the death penalty. 3.2kg of cannabis is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 458 abusers for a week.
5. Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore’s security. 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 (CNB): Cannabis seized at Woodlands Checkpoint on 12 July 2018.
IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
13 JULY 2018