In a joint operation conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on 5 April 2013, CNB and ICA officers intercepted 4kg of ‘Ice’ worth S$800,000 at Changi Airport.
At about 10pm on 5 April, CNB officers pulled aside a suspicious male Ghanaian for further checks after he had collected his luggage. Together with ICA, the officers conducted an X-ray screening and it showed abnormalities in the 35-year-old's backpack and luggage. A physical search was conducted on the backpack by the officers and 2 bundles of crystalline substances 'Ice' were recovered from the backpack. CNB officers recovered more 'Ice' after a further search on the Ghanaian's luggage.
In all, the Ghanaian was carrying almost 4kg of ‘Ice’, worth almost S$800,000. Investigations are ongoing. He may face the death penalty if convicted.
CNB and ICA will continue with our vigorous and stringent checks at the checkpoints. This is a strong warning to syndicates in the region that Singapore has zero tolerance for illicit drug activities even if the drugs were not meant for the local market. CNB will not allow any drug syndicate to make use of our excellent transport connectivity to conduct illicit drug activities in Singapore. Together with the Home Team agencies, we will continue to work relentlessly to stamp out illicit drug activities at the checkpoints.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
6 APRIL 2013
Luggage used to conceal the drugs (Changi Airport, 5 April 2013)
Drugs seized by CNB and ICA at Changi Airport on 5 April 2013