In the latest island-wide operation conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) from the morning of 2 September to the morning of 13 September 2019, a total of 159 suspected drug offenders were arrested, including some young suspected drug traffickers and abusers. A total of about 124g of heroin, 91g of ‘Ice’, 15g of new psychoactive substances, 8g of ketamine, three ‘Ecstasy’ tablets, three ‘Erimin-5 tablets, three bottles containing methadone and two LSD stamps were seized in this island-wide operation.
2 This island-wide operation was supported by the Singapore Police Force and some of the areas covered included Buangkok, Geylang, Jurong, Sembawang, Serangoon, Simei, Telok Blangah, Toa Payoh, Woodlands and Yishun.
Children in same household as drug offender parents
3 In one of the cases during this island-wide operation, on 2 September, CNB officers arrested two suspected drug offenders – a 33-year-old male and a 28-year-old female, both Singaporeans – within a unit in the vicinity of Edgefield Walk. About 5g of ‘Ice’ and drug paraphernalia were found within the unit. The couple’s children, aged 3 months, 19 months and 6 years, were present when CNB officers raided the unit. The couple’s eldest child, aged 6 years and 9 months, was in school during the raid.
4 CNB is working closely with the Ministry of Social and Family Development to care for the children. The children will be looked after by extended family members, with ComCare assistance and support from a Family Service Centre.
Young drug offenders busted while having drug party
5 In the afternoon of 11 September, CNB officers raided a 9th floor residential unit at Blk 454 Fajar Road. Despite repeated warnings, the occupants within the unit refused to comply with the officers’ lawful orders to be given access. Two of the occupants attempted to evade arrest by climbing out of the unit onto the aircon ledge, but gave up eventually and retreated back to the unit.
6 One of the occupants eventually complied and opened the door to the unit. CNB officers arrested a total of eight suspected drug offenders in the unit, including seven youths (age range from 13 to 18) and a 38-year-old Singaporean female. CNB officers also recovered a small packet of ‘Ice’, a cut straw, two syringes, three lighters and a lighter refiller on the grass patch below the block. These were earlier thrown from the unit.
Photo-1 (CNB): Small packet of ‘Ice’ found on grass patch, in CNB raid on a unit at Fajar Road on 11 September 2019.
Photo-2 & Photo-3 (CNB): Syringes found on grass patch, in CNB raid on a unit at Fajar Road on 11 September 2019.
7 Preliminary investigations revealed that one of the suspects, a 17-year-old male foreign national, had permitted the use of the unit for drug consumption. He had invited four other suspects to his unit. One of the invited suspects, a 16-year-old local female, had further brought along three other suspects, including her 13-year-old brother and her 38-year-old biological mother, for an intended drug party.
8 Investigations into the drug activities of all the arrested persons are ongoing.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
13 SEPTEMBER 2019