The relentless enforcement pressure on the ground continues. Central Narcotics Bureau officers mounted a 48-hour island-wide operation from 4 to 6 March 2013. The operation saw the arrest of 85 suspected drug offenders and seizure of drugs worth more than S$15,000. Drugs seized included about 117 grammes of heroin, 14 grammes of ‘Ice’, 25 grammes of cannabis and a small amount of ketamine. Officers from the Singapore Police Force also lent their support to CNB in this latest island-wide operation.
The operation was conducted all across the island. Areas covered included Ang Mo Kio, Bugis, Chai Chee, Henderson, and Geylang.
Drug Offenders Mopped-up in central and northern Singapore
On 4 March 2013, CNB Supervision ‘A’ Division and the Singapore Police Force ‘A’ Division jointly carried out wide-area anti-drug rounds in their jurisdiction, targeting areas such as Bendemeer, Beach Road, Jalan Bukit Merah and Telok Blangah.
Separately, on 4 March 2013, CNB Supervision ‘J’ Division and the Singapore Police Force ‘J’ Division also jointly carried out anti-drug rounds in their jurisdiction. Targeted areas included Woodlands Centre Road, Boon Lay, Jurong West and Bukit Batok.
During the anti-drug rounds at HDB units at Beach Road, CNB officers arrested two suspected drug abusers, a 58-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman, both Singaporeans. Various drug paraphernalia, including drug-taking utensils, were recovered from within the HDB unit where both suspects were in. Both persons are being investigated for drug consumption.
‘Drug Couple’ arrested
On 4 March 2013, CNB officers who had been observing a couple suspected to be drug traffickers saw them meeting up with a man in the vicinity of a bus-stop along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4. The couple parted ways with the man soon after. The man, aged 47, was arrested for suspicion of drug consumption.
Another group of officers continued observation of the couple, who were spotted boarding a bus and subsequently alighting at a bus stop along Marymount Road. Officers moved in to arrest the couple shortly after they alighted. From the handbag of the 35-year-old woman, officers recovered about 46 grammes of heroin. From the wallet of the 51-year-old man, officers found about 5 grammes of heroin. Both are Singaporeans.
Further investigation revealed that the couple were staying at a hotel along Balestier Road. Another about 15 grammes of heroin was subsequently recovered from the couple’s room.
The man is being investigated for drug trafficking. If convicted, he may face a minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and 5 strokes of the cane. The woman is being investigated for drug consumption.
This latest island-wide operation is part of CNB’s ongoing intensive enforcement efforts to remove illicit drug activities from the streets. CNB will continue to mount island-wide operations to ensure that drug offenders are kept off the streets and not be allowed to carry out their unlawful activities.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
6 MARCH 2013
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Photo 1: Suspects being arrested by CNB officers in operation 4-6 March 2013
Photo 2: Suspect being arrested by CNB officers in operation 4-6 March 2013