On 23 June 2015 at about 6.45pm, a 20-year-old male Malaysian riding a Malaysia-registered motorcycle was stopped for routine checks upon arrival at Woodlands Checkpoint. He was accompanied by a 20-year-old male Malaysian pillion rider.
In the course of checks, a checkpoint officer observed an unusual bulge under the motorcyclist’s clothes. Officers from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) conducted further checks and uncovered a total of four blocks of substances, suspected to be cannabis, strapped to the subjects’ backs and groin areas.
Officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) were immediately alerted of the detection. The motorcyclist, the pillion rider and the blocks were handed over to CNB for further investigations. The seized blocks were found to contain a total of about 1.9 kg of cannabis, worth an estimated street value of about S$62,000.
Investigations on both subjects are ongoing. Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, those convicted of importing more than 500g of cannabis may face the death penalty. 1.9kg of cannabis is enough to sustain the drug habit of about 270 cannabis abusers for a week.
Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore's security, and security checks are critical to our nation’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.
IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
24 June 2015
Cannabis seized at Woodlands Checkpoint on 23 June 2015