On 25 November 2017 at about 8.30am, officers from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) found suspected controlled drugs on an arriving Singapore-registered coach at Woodlands Checkpoint. The suspected controlled drugs were found at the left-side panel and underneath the seats of the coach.
2 Officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) were alerted to the discovery and investigations were launched immediately to narrow down on the suspected drug importer. With the proactive support of ICA as well as the camera footages from the coach, the suspect’s identity was narrowed down to that of a 29-year-old male Malaysian, who was subsequently stopped at the Woodlands Checkpoint when he attempted to depart Singapore.
3 The items recovered from the coach were about 31g of ‘Ice’, 25 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets, ten black-coloured pills and six bottles of liquid substance, suspected to contain controlled drugs. Investigations are ongoing. Those convicted of unauthorised importation of any Class ‘A’ controlled drug will face a minimum of five years’ imprisonment and five strokes of the cane.
4 Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore's security, and security checks are critical to our nation’s security. The Home Team agencies will continue to conduct checks on passengers and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle in undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contrabands.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
27 NOVEMBER 2017
Photo-1: Some of the substances seized from a Singapore-registered coach on 25 November 2017, in which saw the arrest of a 29-year-old male Malaysian subsequently.