Keeping up the relentless pressure on the ground, Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers mounted another 3-day island-wide operation from 28 to 31 January 2013. The operation saw the arrest of 113 suspected drug offenders and seizure of drugs worth more than S$57,000. Drugs seized included about 475g of heroin, 11g of ‘Ice’, 475 Erimin-5 tablets, 68 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets and 5g of ketamine. Officers from the Singapore Police Force supported CNB in this latest island-wide operation.
The operation was conducted all across the island, and areas covered included Ang Mo Kio, Balestier, Beach Road, Clementi, Geylang, Haig Road, Jurong, Marsiling, Toa Payoh and Yishun.
Kim Keat heroin bust
In the late afternoon of 28 January 2013, CNB officers who had been observing a HDB unit in Kim Keat Avenue spotted the 51-year-old suspected drug trafficker leaving the unit to meet up with a 38-year-old man, a suspected drug abuser. After they parted, CNB officers continued observing the suspected abuser and moved in to arrest the man at a bus-stop along Jalan Toa Payoh. A search of the 38-year-old man was done and officers recovered about 7.5g of heroin and 79 Erimin-5 tablets from him.
Another party of officers, who had kept watch on the suspected drug trafficker, moved in to arrest the man when he was about to return to the HDB unit. A search of the unit recovered about 97g of heroin, 5g of ‘Ice’, drug-taking paraphernalia and a digital weighing scale. Cash of S$2,066 was also seized from the 51-year-old man.
The 51-year-old man is being investigated for drug trafficking. The 38-year-old man is being investigated for drug possession and drug consumption.
Beach Road drug den
In the afternoon hours of 28 January 2013, CNB officers conducted observation on a 48-year-old suspected drug trafficker in the vicinity of the HDB blocks at Beach Road. At about 1800hrs, the suspected trafficker was spotted meeting up with a 52-year-old male suspected abuser. Shortly thereafter, a party of CNB officers placed the suspected abuser under arrest. A search of the 52-year-old man recovered a small amount of heroin and some drug-taking paraphernalia.
Another party of officers separately arrested the suspected drug trafficker the same evening and the 48-year-old man led officers to his hideout in one of the units at the HDB block. After gaining access into the unit, officers arrested two other persons who were within the unit, a 43-year-old man and a 51-year-old man. A search of the unit recovered a total of about 86g of heroin and some drug-taking paraphernalia.
Both the 51-year-old man and the 48-year-old man are being investigated for drug trafficking. Both the 43-year-old and 52-year-old are being investigated for drug consumption and drug possession.
Arrest at Chinatown
On 30 January 2013, CNB officers arrested a suspected drug abuser at a hotel in the Chinatown area. The 33-year-old man led officers to his hotel room where officers recovered a total of 21 Erimin-5 tablets from the room.
Following up from the arrest, CNB officers arrested another 42-year-old man outside another hotel in Chinatown vicinity. He was suspected to be trafficking in drugs and CNB officers recovered 100 Erimin-5 tablets and a small amount of ‘Ice’ from the man.
The 42-year-old man was subsequently brought back to his residence at Simei Street 4 where CNB officers recovered from the unit 133 Erimin-5 tablets, 64 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets and a small amount of ketamine.
The 33-year old man is being investigated for drug possession and drug consumption while the 42-year-old man is being investigated for drug trafficking.
The operation is part of CNB’s ongoing intensified enforcement efforts to remove illicit drug activities from the street. CNB will give drug offenders no respite to carry out any drug activities.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
31 JANUARY 2013
Suspects being arrested by CNB officers in operation 28-31 Jan 2013