In another extensive island-wide operation conducted from 18 March to 22 March to sweep drug activities off the streets in Singapore, Central Narcotics Bureau officers arrested a total of 123 suspected drug offenders. Drugs worth about S$220,000 were seized, including about 127 grams of heroin, 315 grams of ‘Ice’, 10,319 Erimin-5 tablets, 483 Ecstasy tablets and 1,317 grams of ketamine.
The operation was conducted across Singapore, including Circuit Road, Balestier Road, Bedok, Boon Lay, Bukit Merah, Bukit Panjang, Choa Chu Kang, Clementi, Eunos, French Road, Geylang, Hougang, Jurong West, Taman Jurong, Woodlands and Yishun.
Drug Trafficker arrested in Yishun
On the afternoon of 19 March 2013, CNB officers conducted observation on a 41-year-old suspected male drug trafficker in the Yishun vicinity. At about 3pm, CNB spotted the 41-year-old male meeting up with two suspected drug abusers, a 36-year-old and a 33-year-old, at a pavilion in the neighbourhood. They dispersed soon after.
Shortly thereafter, a party of officers placed the 36-year-old suspected male drug abuser under arrest at a HDB void deck in the vicinity of Yishun Ring Road. Upon his arrest, the suspected male drug abuser surrendered a straw of heroin.
Another team of officers separately arrested the 33-year-old suspected male drug abuser in the vicinity of Yishun Avenue 5. Officers recovered a straw of heroin from the wallet of the 33-year-old.
Concurrently, a separate group of officers who had kept watch on the 41-year-old suspected drug trafficker arrested him at the corridor outside his HDB unit in the Yishun vicinity.
CNB officers conducted a search on the 41-year-old suspected drug trafficker and recovered S$1,684 in cash. Officers recovered about 3 small packets and 46 straws of heroin weighing a total of about 43 grams, with a street price of more than S$4,600.
In a follow-up operation, CNB officers arrested another two male suspected drug abusers, a 36-year-old and a 49-year-old.
The 41-year-old suspected drug trafficker is being investigated for drug trafficking. If convicted, he may face a minimum of five years of imprisonment and five strokes of the cane. The four suspected drug abusers are being investigated for drug offences.
Director Supervision Division, Mr Sng Chern Hong, said “We seized about 43 grams of heroin during this operation. This is the equivalent of about 143 straws of heroin and is enough to feed the addiction of about 143 abusers for one day. If such activities are left unchecked, more potential drug abusers could be contaminated. We will spare no effort and will continue to push on to clamp down on such street-level drug traffickers.”
Joint-blitz with Police
In a twelve-hour joint-operation with the Singapore Police Force (SPF) Clementi Police Division that started at 7am on 19 March 2013, officers from both Home Team agencies conducted raids in areas such as Commonwealth, Dover, Henderson, Ghim Moh, Jurong East and Redhill. A total of 12 drug offenders were arrested in the operation.
Over at the eastern part of Singapore, CNB conducted another joint operation with SPF Bedok Police Division from 20 March to 21 March 2013, officers from the two Home Team agencies arrested 20 drug offenders, aged between 22 years to 52 years, and seized 10,319 Erimin-5 tablets, 483 ecstasy tablets, about 1,317 grams of ketamine, 314 grams of ‘Ice’ and a small amount of heroin. Investigations on the suspects arrested during this joint-operation are on-going.
CNB will continue to keep up the pressure and intensify enforcement efforts to eradicate all illicit drug activities at the street level.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
22 MAR 2013
See Photos below
Photo 1: Suspect arrested by CNB
Photo 2: Suspect arrested by CNB officers in one of the operations