On 20 January 2022, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers foiled an attempt to smuggle about 7g of cannabis and cannabis products in a parcel. This led to the arrest of a 24-year-old Singaporean woman for suspected drug-related offences by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).
2. In the morning of 20 January, ICA officers at the Parcel Post Section had noticed anomalies in the scanned images of the parcel while performing screening. The parcel was declared as cosmetic products. Upon further checks, a total of about 7g of cannabis, sweets believed to have been infused with cannabis, and vaporisers containing cannabis extracts were found inside the parcel. ICA immediately alerted CNB for action.
3. In a follow-up operation conducted on the same day, CNB officers arrested a 24-year-old Singaporean woman in the vicinity of Upper East Coast Road. 24 LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) stamps and two vaporisers containing cannabis extracts were further seized. Investigations into the suspect’s drug activities are ongoing.
4. The sale of cannabis and / or products containing cannabis may be allowed in some countries. However, cannabis is a Class A controlled drug listed under Singapore’s Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA) in Singapore. The consumption, possession, trafficking, import or export of any controlled drugs, including cannabis and cannabis products, is an offence under the MDA.
5. CNB would like to urge parents to play an active part to protect our youths from the menace of drugs, and to remind their children that they should not consume products unknown to them or offered by strangers. To entice youths to consume these products and to become addicted to them, these products are often disguised or marketed as candy or other food products, and sold in bright packaging designed to appeal to children and youths. Members of the public are advised to contact the CNB hotline at 1800-325-6666 for advice and assistance if they come across such illicit food products, or are worried that their children may be involved with drugs. Those who have drug-related information can make a report to CNB by calling 1800-325-6666 or at https://www.eservices.cnb.gov.sg/feedback.
6. Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore. ICA will continue to work with enforcement agencies conduct security checks at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle undesirable persons, weapons, explosives, controlled drugs and other contrabands across our borders.
IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
24 January 2022
Photos 1 and 2 (CNB): Sweets believed to have been infused by cannabis seized by ICA officers in a parcel on 20 January 2022.
Photo 3 (CNB): Vaporisers containing cannabis extracts seized by ICA officers in a parcel on 20 January 2022.