In an operation conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) in the afternoon of 26 January 2018, three suspected drug traffickers were arrested and a total of about 8.8kg of heroin, 460g of ‘Ice’ and 70 Erimin-5 tablets were seized. The estimated worth of the drugs seized in this operation is more than S$666,000, and is the single largest seizure of heroin in the past three years.
In the afternoon of 26 January 2018, CNB officers were deployed in the vicinity of HarbourFront Centre to conduct observations on two suspected drug traffickers. The two suspects, a 32-year-old Singaporean male and a 35-year-old Malaysian male, were spotted entering a toilet in HarbourFront Tower 2. Shortly after, both men were seen exiting the toilet separately. The 32-year-old male returned to his car while the 35-year-old male was observed to have stayed within HarbourFront Tower 2.
CNB officers tailed the vehicle driven by the 32-year-old male. At an opportune moment, officers moved in and arrested the 32-year-old male in his vehicle. A 39-year-old Singaporean male who had entered the car before it was stopped by CNB officers was also arrested. A total of about 2.2kg of heroin, 460g of ‘Ice’ and 70 Erimin-5 tablets were recovered from within the car. A digital weighing scale and numerous empty plastic packets were also recovered.
Photo-1: Car driven by 32-year-old Singaporean male arrested in CNB operation on 26 January 2018.
Another party of CNB officers arrested the 35-year-old Malaysian male at his workplace within HarbourFront Tower 2. Officers escorted the 35-year-old to his motorcycle parked in the vicinity, and a search of the motorcycle recovered a total of about 6.6kg of heroin, packed in different bundles.
Photo-2: Heroin recovered from motorcycle of 35-year-old Malaysian male arrested in CNB operation on 26 January 2018.
Investigations into the drug activities of all the suspects are ongoing. The Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine trafficked exceeds 15g. 8.8kg of heroin is sufficient to feed the addiction of 4190 abusers for a week.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
27 JANUARY 2018
[*] This is estimated using a typical purity level of 4%, based on drug seizures in recent years. The number of straws that are actually made may vary according to the purity level of the heroin used in the straws.