On 12 June 2015 at about 1.20am, a male Singaporean driving a Singapore-registered taxi was stopped by officers from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for routine checks upon arrival at Woodlands Checkpoint. There was a female passenger in the taxi.
In the course of inspection, ICA officers uncovered a bag placed under the front passenger seat of the vehicle. Upon closer examination, the officers found seven bundles wrapped with black tape. Suspecting the bundle to contain controlled drugs, officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) were immediately alerted of the detection. The 52-year-old male driver, the 37-year-old female Malaysian passenger and the bundles were handed over to CNB for further investigations.
The seized bundles were found to contain a total of about 1.4kg of heroin, about 149g of ‘Ice’,140 tablets of Ecstasy and 100 Erimin 5 pills. The total estimated street value of the drugs amounts to about S$129, 500.
Investigations on both subjects are ongoing. The Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked exceeds 15g. 15g of diamorphine is equivalent to 1,250 straws, which is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week.
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.
IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
12 JUNE 2015
Assortment of drugs seized in CNB operation on 12 Jun 2015