Even while the year is drawing to a close, Central Narcotics Bureau officers continued with its rigorous enforcement efforts, mounting another extensive island-wide operation to sweep drug activities off the streets of Singapore. Conducted from 10 December 2012 to the early morning of 14 December 2012, a total of 96 suspected drug offenders were arrested and drugs worth more than S$25,900 were seized. Drugs seized included about 174 grammes of heroin, 19 grammes of ‘Ice’, 153 Erimin-5 tablets, 49 Ecstasy tablets and 7 grammes of cannabis.
The operation was conducted across many parts of Singapore, including Ang Mo Kio, Clementi, Commonwealth, Dover, Geylang, Jurong, Lengkok Bahru, Outram, Tanglin Halt, Woodlands and Yishun.
Nabbing the “Supply Chain”
On 10 December 2012, at about 1200hrs, CNB officers arrested a 45-year-old male in the vicinity of Outram MRT station. Officers recovered a small amount of “Ice” from his pocket.
Officers also arrested a 32-year-old male at a void deck in the vicinity of Jurong East. The 32-year-old is believed to have supplied the 45-year-old male with the drugs. Upon his arrest, officers conducted a search on the 32-year-old and found an Ecstasy tablet. The 32-year-old led the officers to his residence where officers seized a small amount of “Ice”, some Erimin-5 tablets, more Ecstasy tablets and various drug paraphernalia.
CNB officers followed up on the supply line and raided a HDB unit in the vicinity of Upper Boon Keng Road. This follow-up raid led to the arrest of a 42-year-old male and the seizure of various drugs, including yet more Erimin-5 tablets, Ecstasy tablets, a small amount of cannabis, “Ice” and various drug paraphernalia. Another 40-year-old male, believed to have purchased drugs from the 42-year-old male, was also subsequently arrested in the vicinity of the said unit. Officers recovered some Erimin-5 tablets from the 40-year-old male’s sling bag.
A total of 153 Erimin-5 tablets, 49 Ecstasy tablets, approximately 7 grammes of “Ice” and a small amount of cannabis, with a total street value of more than $4,500, were seized from this chain of related operations.
The 32-year-old male and 42-year-old male are being investigated for drug trafficking. If convicted, they may face a minimum of 5 years’ imprisonment and 5 strokes of the cane. The 45-year-old male and 40-year-old male have been sent to a drug rehabilitation centre.
Heroin seizure at Old Airport Road
In a separate case on 12 December 2012, at about 1850hrs, CNB officers arrested a 41-year-old male and 26-year-old female at a car park in the vicinity of Old Airport Road. Officers recovered approximately 153 grammes of heroin from the female’s bag.
This was followed up with another raid in the same vicinity where a 42-year-old male was subsequently arrested. A small amount of heroin and “Ice” were seized after a search was conducted on the said unit.
This operation netted a total of about 170 grammes of heroin and a small amount of “Ice”, which together come up to an estimated street value of more than $18,000. The 41-year-old male and 26-year-old female are being investigated for drug offences. If convicted, they may face a minimum of 5 years’ imprisonment and 5 strokes of the cane. The 42-year-old male has been sent to a drug rehabilitation centre.
CNB will continue its vigorous enforcement action against illicit drug activities into the new year to maintain a strong deterrent presence against both drug traffickers and abusers alike.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
14 DECEMBER 2012
Heroin seized in the Old Airport Road case
Close-up shot of packets of heroin seized
Arrest of a drug offender by CNB officers