The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) maintains pressure on street level drug activities as it launched another intensive island-wide operation targeting drug abusers and street-level drug trafficking from 11 to 13 June. A total of seven suspected drug traffickers and 79 suspected drug abusers were arrested. CNB officers were deployed all over the island, including in areas such as Ang Mo Kio, Boon Lay, Bukit Batok, Chai Chee, Changi, Clementi, Geylang, Henderson, Hougang, Jurong East, Jalan Bukit Merah, North Bridge Road, Sims Drive, Toa Payoh, Telok Blangah, Upper Boon Keng and Yishun.
Drugs weighing about 30 grammes of heroin, 18 grammes of ‘Ice’ and 22 Erimin-5 tablets were seized from the whole operation.
Heroin peddler busted at Toa Payoh flat
In one of the cases, CNB officers raided a HDB unit in Toa Payoh East in the morning of 11 June and arrested a 54-year-old Singaporean male suspected of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity. Officers searched the unit and recovered about 21 straws and a small packet of heroin, weighing a total of about 14 grammes, from the living room and bedroom. Officers also seized two mobile phones and some drug paraphernalia, such as aluminium foil with burn marks.
Following the arrest of the 54-year-old suspected drug trafficker, CNB officers conducted a follow-up operation at the vicinity to flush out the trafficker’s clients. Over a period of five hours, CNB officers arrested four suspected clients at the void deck of the same HDB block as well as at other locations nearby. The four Singaporean men were aged from 44 to 63 years old.
The 54-year-old man will be investigated for drug trafficking and faces a minimum sentence of five years of imprisonment and five strokes of the cane if convicted. The rest of the men are suspected drug abusers and have been sent to a drug rehabilitation centre.
CNB will continue to intensify its enforcement efforts on the ground to send a strong signal to drug abusers and pushers of its zero tolerance stances towards drug abuse, and it will not let up in its efforts to keep Singapore safe from drugs.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
13 JUNE 2012
Suspects arrested by CNB