CNB conducted an operation on 14 September 2016, crippling a drug syndicate, and seizing about 6.3kg of heroin, 3.5kg of cannabis and 280g of methamphetamine (or ‘Ice’) worth over S$600,000.
On 14 September at around 4am, CNB officers were deployed in the vicinity of Marsiling Drive to conduct observation on a suspected drug trafficker, a 54-year-old male Singaporean. A 43-year-old male Malaysian was spotted arriving in the area and leaving
CNB officers proceeded to raid the hideout of the 54-year-old male Singaporean, arresting the 54-year-old, a 49-year-old male Singaporean suspected drug associate, and a 43-year-old female Singaporean suspected drug associate. About 1.3kg of heroin was
seized from the 54-year-old and the 43-year-old. A small amount of heroin and ‘Ice’ were seized from the 49-year-old.
Meanwhile, CNB officers continued to tail the 43-year-old male Malaysian to Pasir Ris, and arrested him, seizing about 3.1kg of heroin and 125g of ‘Ice’ from his car. Follow-up investigations were conducted on the suspected intended recipient
of the drugs, a 57-year-old male Singaporean, and about 1.8kg of heroin, 3.5kg of cannabis and 150g of ‘Ice’ were recovered from his hideout in the vicinity of Compassvale Lane.
Investigations into the drug activities of all suspects are ongoing. The Misuse of Drugs Act allows for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked exceeds 15g, if more than 500g of cannabis is trafficked, or if the amount of methamphetamine trafficked exceeds 250g.
CNB has seen an increase in the seizures for ‘Ice’ and cannabis in the first half of this year, compared to the same period last year. The World Drug Report 2015 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
noted that the regional drug situation continues to be challenging, with the largest methamphetamine seizures coming from East and Southeast Asia. Its latest 2016 report indicated that the seizures of opiates (mainly heroin)
leaving the Golden Triangle have increased, with the quantity of seized heroin and morphine increasing from a low of 5.7 tonnes in 2008 to 13 tonnes in 2014.Regionally, drug enforcement agencies continue to see record seizures of drugs.
There are also increasingly liberal attitudes towards drug abuse among youths, influenced by how drug use is legitimised and decriminalised in other countries, and normalised by social media.
Amid these concerns, CNB continues to carry out sustained and intensive enforcement efforts. Mr Winston Wong, Deputy Director CNB, said, “There is much misinformation, misleading our youths into believing that drugs, especially cannabis, are not
harmful and addictive. Global developments on the cannabis front, coupled with the increasingly liberal attitudes of the young, have not escaped the eyes of drug syndicates, who are hoping to ‘cash in’ on such developments. CNB’s increased
seizures of drugs indicate the challenges that we are facing. I hope the public will continue to support our efforts and build a Drug Free Singapore with us. Singapore will be hosting the 5th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters next
month, to discuss the challenges of the drug problem at a Ministerial level with our foreign counterparts.”
Figure 1: Seizure of heroin, ‘Ice’ and cannabis from January 2015 to Jun 2016
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||Jul- Dec 2015
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Photo 1: Drugs and cash seized during a CNB operation on 14 September 2016
Photo 2: CNB officers conducting a search during the CNB operation on 14 September 2016
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
14 SEPTEMBER 2016