The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) continued with its intensive enforcement efforts with an island-wide operation to clear our streets of drug pushers and drug abusers. In the intensive operation which lasted 48 hours from 8 Feb 2012 to 10 Feb 2012, a total of 89 drug offenders were arrested. Out of which, 8 were suspected to be involved in drug trafficking and 81 for drug abuse. Areas raided by CNB officers covered various part of Singapore including Ang Mo Kio, Balam Road, Balestier, Bishan, Bukit Batok, Circuit Road, Joo Chiat and North Bridge Road.
A total of about 500 grammes of cannabis, 65 grammes of heroin, 63.65 grammes of Ice and 140 Erimin 5 and Ecstasy tablets, worth approximately $48,300, were seized.
Raids at Circuit Road
One of the cases in the 48-hour operation illustrated the wide sphere of the harmful influence of drugs. In the early afternoon on 8 Feb 2012, CNB officers staked out the HDB unit of a suspected heroin trafficker in the vicinity of Circuit Road. The officers eventually saw two male Singaporeans, one aged 58 years and the other, 32 years, leaving the HDB unit. At about 2.30pm, the officers moved in to arrest them and found the 32-year-old with one straw of heroin kept in a cigarette packet, inside his Bermudas pocket.
CNB officers then moved in to raid the HDB unit, and arrested another 46-year-old Singaporean woman inside it. A search of the woman uncovered a yellow pouch in her pants’ pocket, and it was found to contain six straws of heroin and several empty straws. Preliminary investigations revealed that the 58-year-old man was her heroin supplier and she was peddling the drugs to others, including the 32-year-old man. CNB officers followed up with an operation the very same day to seek out more of the woman’s drug clients. At about 10pm, officers raided a HDB unit at nearby Balam Road and arrested a 43-year-old suspected drug abuser.
The 58-year old man and 46-year-old woman will be investigated for drug trafficking while the 32-year-old and 43-year-old men will be investigated for drug consumption.
Drug Trafficker Arrested at Joo Chiat Hotel
In another case on 9 Feb 2012 at around 1pm, CNB officers arrested a 27-year-old male Malaysian on suspicion of drug trafficking in a Joo Chiat hotel room. The unemployed man was believed to be distributing drugs from the hotel room, and would move from hotel to hotel to evade arrest. It was suspected that he had just received a new consignment of drugs and was planning to redistribute it onto the streets. An assortment of drugs and drug utensils were found in the room. In total, about 500 grammes of cannabis, 63 grammes of Ice, 100 Erimin 5 tablets and 40 Ecstasy tablets, worth more than S$37,600, were recovered from the room. He is now being investigated for drug trafficking and may face the death penalty if convicted.
Mr Ng Ser Song, Director of CNB said, “I want to commend my officers for their hard work and perseverance over the intense 48 hours period. This is a strong signal to drug abusers and pushers that we have zero tolerance towards drug abuse and CNB will not let up in our efforts to keep Singapore safe from drugs.”
Central Narcotics Bureau
10 February 2012
Suspects escorted by CNB officers