While preparations for the Lunar New Year were on-going, officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) continued to step up checks at the borders.
In the morning of Chinese New Year’s Eve 9 Feb 2013, with the assistance of ICA officers, CNB arrested three suspected drug couriers in an anti-drug blitz within half an hour, seizing 1.5kg of heroin and about 325g of Ice worth about S$210,500.
For the first case, a 21-year-old Malaysian courier was stopped by ICA officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint motorcycle arrival area at about 3.55am. A search was conducted on him by CNB officers and they found a bundle containing heroin, weighing about 250g, from his underwear.
For the second case, at about 4.15am, CNB officers found three black bundles of drugs weighing about 830g from the front fender area beneath the headlight of the motorcycle. There were about 505g heroin and 325g Ice in the bundles. The 22-year-old courier from Malaysia was immediately arrested.
The officers rounded up their haul with the arrest of a third Malaysian courier, 19, at about 4.20am. ICA officers recovered three bundles of heroin, weighing approximately 750g, from the left fairing of the motorcycle.
The total street value of the 1.5kg heroin and 325g Ice seized was about S$210,500.
Investigations are on-going. All are being investigated for drug importation.
Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore's security. The enhanced security checks are critical to our nation’s security. ICA have tightened its security checks on passengers and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle in undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contrabands.
Director CNB, Mr Ng Ser Song, thanked all the officers involved in this anti-drug blitz for their hard work and said, “These arrests will send a strong signal to the syndicates out there who think they can try to smuggle drugs into Singapore during the festive period. They are sorely mistaken as CNB is not letting down our vigorous enforcement action against illicit drug activities at all times.”
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
9 FEBRUARY 2013
Part of the 1.5kg haul of heroin on 9 February 2013