On 23 February 2015, the Central Narcotics Bureau launched an operation to apprehend a suspected local drug trafficker. From this operation, a total of about 5kg of cannabis, 165g of ‘Ice’, 137 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets and 101 Erimin-5 tablets were seized. This sizeable haul of drugs had an estimated street value of more than S$199,000.
On the afternoon of 23 February 2015, CNB officers were deployed in the vicinity of Geylang Lorong 37 to conduct observation on a suspected local drug trafficker, a 34-year-old male Singaporean, who was believed to be receiving a fresh consignment of cannabis.
At about 4.20pm, CNB officers spotted a 45-year-old suspected drug runner arriving in the vicinity in a van. The 45-year-old male was seen alighting from the van with a brown cardboard box. He placed the box beside a dustbin along Geylang Lorong 37 and left in his van.
A short while later, officers spotted the 34-year-old suspected drug trafficker arriving at Geylang Lorong 37 in a car. The 34-year-old was seen picking up the cardboard box and driving off.
CNB officers intercepted the 34-year-old’s car along Geylang Road and moved in to arrest the suspect. Officers recovered the cardboard box in the car and within the box, found five blocks of cannabis, weighing about 5kg. A search of the car also recovered a total of about 164g of ‘Ice’, 137 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets, 101 Erimin-5 tablets, a digital weighing scale, other drug paraphernalia, and cash amounting to S$26,000. Two samurai swords and a machete were also found in the suspect’s car.
Separately, officers apprehended the 45-year-old male driving the van at a petrol kiosk in the vicinity of Ipoh Lane. A search of the van recovered a small packet of about 1g of ‘Ice’.
Both men will be investigated for drug trafficking. If convicted, they may face the death penalty. Cannabis is a Class A controlled drug. Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, those convicted of trafficking in more than 500g of cannabis may face the death penalty.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
24 FEBRUARY 2015
Photo 1: Drugs and weapons seized from CNB operation in Geylang on 23 February 2015
Photo 2: Car driven by 34-year-old suspected drug trafficker arrested in CNB operation at Geylang on 23 February 2015