One man’s gold is another man’s trash. A joint operation between officers from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) at Woodlands Checkpoint reaped a two-pound loot of illicit drugs.
In the early hours of 12 April 2012, at about 5am, a Malaysian-registered car driven by a male Malaysian Indian was stopped for checks. The 24-year-old lone driver of a gold-coloured saloon car was interviewed by ICA and CNB officers and the vehicle was subjected to inspection.
In the presence of the subject, two bundles wrapped with black masking tape were found in a hidden compartment underneath the centre armrest console of the vehicle. The bundles were believed to contain “heroin” of approximately two-pounds (approximately 920 grammes) with a street value of approximately S$138,000.
The subject was immediately detained and together with the seized exhibits, he was handed over to CNB for further investigations. The subject is currently being investigated for drug importation. If convicted, he may face the death penalty.
Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore's security. The enhanced security checks are critical to our nation’s security. We have tightened our security checks on passengers and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle in undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contrabands. The same methods of 2 concealment used by contraband smugglers may be used by terrorists to smuggle arms and explosives to carry out attacks in Singapore.
IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
12 APRIL 2012
Drugs found under the hidden compartment of the centre armrest console. (Photo: CNB)
Drugs seized by ICA and CNB at Woodlands Checkpoint on 12 April 2012. (Photo: CNB)