In an intense 48-hour period island-wide, between 7 and 9 May 2012, Central Narcotics Bureau officers swept a total of 137 suspected drug offenders off the streets of Singapore. Out of which, 14 were arrested for suspected involvement in drug trafficking activities. Drugs worth more than S$160,000 were seized, including approximately 1kg of heroin, 43 grammes of ‘Ice’ and other assortment of drugs.
Arrests were made all across the island, including in Aljunied, Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Bendemeer, Bishan, Bukit Batok, Chai Chee, Clementi, Eunos, Geylang, Henderson, Jurong, MacPherson, Marine Parade, Pasir Ris, Tampines and Yishun.
Joint blitz with police in the east
In a 15-hour operation led by CNB Supervision ‘G’ Division, jointly conducted with the Singapore Police Force, and also supported by officers from Singapore Customs, law enforcement officers from the three agencies conducted a concerted blitz in the eastern parts of Singapore, rounding up 76 suspected drug offenders and seizing contraband cigarettes.
On 8 May 2012 at about 5pm, a party of CNB officers and Police officers raided a HDB unit at Eunos Crescent and arrested two suspected drug offenders from within the unit, a 28-year-old male and a 54-year-old male. About 46 grammes of heroin and 22 grammes of ‘Ice’ were recovered from within the unit. Numerous drug paraphernalia were also seized from within the unit, including improvised drug-smoking apparatus, aluminium foil and a digital weighing scale.
Both men will be investigated for drug trafficking. If convicted, they may face a minimum of five years’ imprisonment and five strokes of the cane.
In another raid in the later hours of 8 May 2012, a team of CNB and Police officers effected forced entry into a HDB unit at Chai Chee after the occupant refused to comply with repeated requests to allow entry. A 46-year-old male suspected drug offender was arrested in the unit and about 11 grammes of heroin, small amount of ‘Ice’ and drug paraphernalia were recovered. Investigation into the drug activities of the man is currently ongoing.
400 grammes heroin and cash $2,350 seized in Jurong West flat
In an operation conducted on 8 May 2012, CNB officers arrested a 43-year-old male Singaporean believed to be distributing drugs from a HDB flat in Jurong West. At about 5pm, CNB officers arrested a 40-year-old drug client of the trafficker in the vicinity of the flat and recovered about 40 grammes of heroin from the drug client.
An hour and a half later, CNB officers arrested another couple – a 45-year-old male and 31-year-old female - suspected to be drug clients of the trafficker at the foot of the HDB block. About 70 grammes of heroin were recovered from the couple.
The 43-year-old suspected drug trafficker attempted to flee when he discovered the arrest of the couple but was arrested by CNB officers after a short chase through the staircase in the HDB block. His hideout in the HDB block was raided and CNB officers recovered about 290 grammes of heroin and cash amounting to $2,350 from the unit.
The 43-year-old man will be investigated for drug trafficking. If convicted, he may face the death penalty.
Drug transaction in Geylang foiled, 500 grammes heroin and cash $10,439 seized
In another separate operation conducted in the afternoon of 8 May 2012, CNB officers foiled a drug transaction in the vicinity of Lorong 36 Geylang. Two suspected drug traffickers – a 53-year-old and 58-year-old male Singaporean - were spotted meeting up in the vicinity of Lorong 36 Geylang and parted ways. CNB officers then intercepted the car, which the 58-year-old male trafficker was driving, at the junction of Sims Avenue and Paya Lebar Road and arrested the male. CNB officers recovered about 500 grammes of heroin and a small amount of cannabis from the car.
Simultaneously, another team of CNB officers intercepted the car, which the 53-year-old male trafficker was driving, along Geylang Road and placed him under arrest. Cash amounting to about $10,439 was recovered from the car. He was brought back to his hideout in Serangoon North, where officers arrested another of his associates, a 52-year-old male Singaporean, inside the unit. CNB officers also recovered about 8 grammes of heroin and a small amount of ‘Ice’ from within the unit.
Both the 53-year-old and 58-year-old male will be investigated for drug trafficking. If convicted, they may face the death penalty. Investigation into the role of the 52-year-old male is ongoing.
Mr Ng Ser Song, Director of CNB said, “This intense operation is another of CNB’s intensive and vigorous enforcement effort to weed out drug traffickers and curb the supply of drugs in Singapore. With the help of our Home Team partners, CNB will continue with its vigorous enforcement action against illicit drug activities to maintain a strong deterrent presence against both drug traffickers and abusers alike.”
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
9 MAY 2012
Arrest from island-wide operations
Approximately $10,000 cash seized from suspected drug trafficker in Geylang
Heroin seized from suspected drug trafficker in Jurong West