More than S$197,000 worth of drugs were seized in two separate operations conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) during the night of 4 July 2018. A total of seven suspected drug offenders were arrested.
Heroin, cannabis and cash seizure in city centre
2 On 4 July 2018, CNB officers were deployed in the vicinity of Raffles Boulevard to conduct observation on a suspected drug trafficker believed to be dealing in sizeable amount of drugs and using hotels to mask his activities.
3 A 24-year-old Singaporean male suspect was believed to have booked a room at a hotel in the vicinity of Raffles Boulevard. With the assistance of the security team at the hotel, CNB officers raided the room booked by the suspect, a 24-year-old Singaporean male. As the room was locked from within, forced entry was effected. Upon entry, officers sighted the 24-year-old male suspect, together with two other suspects – a 22-year-old female foreign national and a 30-year-old Singaporean male, and immediately moved in to effect arrest. Both male suspects struggled violently to resist arrest and necessary force was used to restrain them.
Photo-1 (CNB): Interior of hotel room where a large amount of heroin and cannabis were recovered from within, in CNB operation on 4 July 2018.
4 A total of about 1,456g of heroin, 1,000g of cannabis, 10g of ‘Ice’ and cash amounting to S$6,250 were recovered from within the room. Officers then proceeded to search the car driven by the 30-year-old male suspect. From within the car, a total of about 1,005g of cannabis, 10g of ‘Ice’, and one ‘Ecstasy’ tablet were recovered.
Photo-2 (CNB): Front-view of car in which a large amount of cannabis was recovered from within, in CNB operation on 4 July 2018.
Photo-3 (CNB): Block of cannabis, under front-left seat of car, recovered in CNB operation on 4 July 2018.
Large heroin seizure
5 In another separate case on 4 July 2018, CNB officers were deployed in the vicinity of Upper Cross Street to conduct observation on two suspected drug traffickers. At about 8.30pm, the two suspects – a 48-year-old stateless male and a 53-year-old Singaporean male –were spotted meeting up and then proceeded to the second floor of a building. Shortly after, both parted ways and CNB officers moved in swiftly to effect arrest of the suspects. From within a paper bag carried by the 48-year-old suspect, officers recovered about 1,049g of heroin.
Photo-4 (CNB): Paper bag carried by 48-year-old suspect, from which about 1,049g of heroin was recovered from within, in CNB operation on 4 July 2018.
6 Follow-up investigations led to the arrest of two other suspects – a 41-year-old stateless male and a 62-year-old Singaporean male – who were believed to be associated with the 48-year-old stateless male.
7 Investigations into the drug activities of all the suspects are ongoing. 2.5kg of heroin is enough to feed the addiction of about 1,190 abusers for a week[*]. 2kg of cannabis is enough to feed the addiction of about 286 abusers for a week.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
5 JULY 2018
[*] This is estimated using a typical purity level of 4%, based on drug seizures in recent years.