In an operation conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau on 20 February 2019, a total of about 974g of heroin and 11g of ‘Ice’ were seized. The drugs were estimated to be worth about S$70,000. Five suspected drug offenders were arrested.
2 In the pre-dawn hours of 20 February 2019, CNB officers were deployed in the vicinity of Jalan Bukit Ho Swee to observe two suspected drug offenders. Officers spotted the first suspect, a 61-year-old Singaporean male, meeting up with the second suspect, a 28-year-old Malaysian male, in the vicinity of Tiong Bahru Plaza. Both suspects parted ways shortly but were spotted meeting up again a while later, this time in the vicinity of Blk 14 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee. The Malaysian suspect left the area on his motorcycle while the Singaporean suspect returned to his hideout in the vicinity.
3 The Malaysian suspect was arrested at the Woodlands Checkpoint as he was about to leave Singapore. Cash amounting to S$5,200 was recovered from him. Simultaneously, CNB officers raided the hideout of the Singaporean suspect. A total of about 500g of heroin and cash of S$2,900 were recovered from within the unit. Officers also recovered about 466g of heroin that was found hidden within a black haversack that was left hanging on the outside of the unit.
Photo-1 (CNB): Cash of S$5,200 recovered from the Malaysian suspect arrested in CNB operation on 20 February 2019.
Photo-2 (CNB): Heroin found hidden within a black haversack hanging outside a unit, in CNB operation on 20 February 2019.
Photo-3 (CNB): Heroin re-packed into small sachets, found within hideout at Jalan Bukit Ho Swee, in CNB operation on 20 February 2019.
4 Swift investigations led officers to another suspect – a 57-year-old Singaporean male – believed to be linked to the first suspect. Officers raided the hideout of the 57-year-old, located in the vicinity of Indus Road, and arrested the 57-year-old and a 53-year-old Singaporean male within the unit. A total of about 8g of heroin and 11g of ‘Ice’ were recovered from within the unit. A suspected drug abuser, a 47-year-old Singaporean male, was subsequently arrested outside the unit.
Photo-4 (CNB): Heroin and cash seized in CNB operation on 20 February 2019
5 Investigations into the drug activities of all the suspects are ongoing. 974g of heroin is enough to feed the addiction of about 464 abusers for a week.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
21 FEBRUARY 2019