CNB 4-day island-wide operation saw 85 drug offenders arrested

19 Aug 2016

In the latest island-wide operation carried out by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), a total of 85 suspected drug offenders were arrested within the 4-day operation, from 15 August 2016 to the morning of 19 August 2016. A total of about 196g of heroin, 47g of ‘Ice’ and other suspected controlled drugs were seized in this island-wide operation.

The operation was supported by the Singapore Police Force and the areas covered included Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Boon Lay, Bukit Batok, Jurong, Woodlands and Yishun.

Operation netting two suspected drug traffickers

In one of the cases during this island-wide operation, in the afternoon hours of 16 August, CNB officers arrested a 55-year-old male suspected drug trafficker and a 44-year-old male suspected drug abuser in the vicinity of Havelock. Both are Singaporeans. A small amount of ‘Ice’ was recovered from the 55-year-old man.

Officers proceeded to raid the hideout of the 55-year-old man, which was also in the vicinity of Havelock. About 138g of heroin was recovered from within the unit. Numerous empty plastic straws, plastic sachets and a digital weighing scale were also recovered. A 51-year-old male Singaporean, who is a suspected associate of the 55-year-old, was also arrested within the unit. Two other suspected drug abusers, a 29-year-old male and a 31-year-old female (both Singaporeans) were also arrested shortly after the raid at the hideout.

Investigations into the drug activities of all the arrested persons are ongoing. The Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked exceeds 15g. 15g of diamorphine is equivalent to 1,250 straws, which is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week[1].

19 AUGUST 2016

Photo 1: CNB officers conducting a search on a suspect’s vehicle, during CNB’s island-wide operation from 15 to 19 August 2016.

CNB officers conducting a search on a suspect’s vehicle

Photo 2: CNB officers with arrested suspects, during CNB’s island-wide operation from 15 to 19 August 2016.

CNB officers with arrested suspects

[1] This is estimated using a typical purity level of 4%, based on drug seizures in recent years. The number of straws that are actually made may vary according to the purity level of the heroin used in the straws.