In a joint operation held on 21 October 2012 by the Central Narcotics Bureau and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), officers from the two Home Team agencies successfully foiled the attempts of a South African man to traffic approximately 3kg of Ice, worth more than $920,000, at the Changi Airport arrival hall.
Interception at Changi Airport
At about 9.45pm, CNB officers stopped a 38-year-old South African man at the Changi Airport arrival hall for a check. Officers found his behaviour suspicious as he had seemed hesitant and acted nervously. His luggage was screened and ICA officers detected anomalies in the luggage.
The contents of the luggage were emptied, and the luggage was subjected to a further round of screening. The officers pinpointed the source of the anomalies and the corner of the luggage was pried open. CNB officers discovered two trash bags in which crystalline substances were detected.
The total seizure of drugs was approximately 3kg of Ice with a street value of more than $920,000.
The 38-year-old is currently under investigation for drug trafficking. If convicted, he may face the death penalty.
Mr Ng Ser Song, Director CNB, said, “We will not tolerate any drug syndicates to make use of Singapore’s excellent transport connectivity to carry out their nefarious drug activities. We will bring the full force of the law against them, swiftly and firmly. CNB will continue our relentless effort to stamp out the syndicates and all drug offenders.”
CNB will continue to work closely with our Home Team agencies to deter attempts by foreign drug syndicates to smuggle illicit drugs through Singapore’s checkpoints.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
22 OCTOBER 2012
Ice seized by CNB officers on 21 Oct 2012
The luggage that was pried open during the check on 21 Oct 2012