In another extensive island-wide operation conducted from 8 to 12 December 2014, Central Narcotics Bureau officers arrested a total of 103 suspected drug offenders. Drugs worth more than S$85,000 were seized, including about 1kg of heroin, 18 grams of ‘Ice’, 9 Erimin-5 tablets, 25 Ecstasy tablets, 290 grams of cannabis and a small amount of ketamine. Officers from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) supported the operation.
The operation was conducted in Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Balestier, Boon Lay, Bukit Batok, Changi, Choa Chu Kang, Jalan Bukit Merah, Jurong West, Punggol and Woodlands. As part of the island wide operation, on 11 December 2014, officers from CNB, SPF and ICA conducted a joint nightspot operation in Geylang targeting illicit activities. Investigations into the illicit activities of those arrested are ongoing.
SIX DRUG OFFENDERS ARRESTED IN JALAN BUKIT MERAH
In one of the operations on 8 December 2014 in the Jalan Bukit Merah vicinity, CNB officers arrested six drug offenders and seized drugs including about 290 grams of cannabis, 6 Ecstasy tablets and small amounts of ‘Ice’ and heroin. Drug paraphernalia was also seized.
950 GRAMS OF HEROIN SEIZED AT WOODLANDS CHECKPOINT
In another operation on 11 December 2014, at about 7.50pm at the Woodlands Checkpoint, a 26-year-old rider and his 37-year-old pillion rider (both male Malaysians) who were travelling on a Malaysian-registered motorcycle into Singapore was stopped for checks. CNB officers conducted a detailed search on the motorcycle and found two bundles of heroin weighing about 950 grams hidden in the rear seat cavity of the motorcycle. Both men were arrested.
Investigations are on-going. 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 close to 1 kg of heroin seized in this operation is enough to sustain the addiction of about 480 abusers for a week.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
12 DECEMBER 2014
Photo 1: Heroin seized in a CNB operation at Woodlands Checkpoint on 11 December 2014.
Photo 2: A suspected drug offender arrested by CNB officers in an anti-drug operation.