On 25 February 2015, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) arrested two male drug offenders and seized drugs amounting to about 2.2kg of cannabis, 248g of heroin, 294g of ketamine, 720 Erimin-5 tablets and 50 Ecstasy tablets. The drug haul had an estimated street value of more than S$112,000. Officers from the Singapore Police Force (SPF) also supported the operation.
At about 9.35am, a 20-year-old male Malaysian travelling in a Malaysia-registered car was directed for routine checks upon arrival at the Woodlands Checkpoint. During the course of the checks, an ICA officer uncovered three bundles suspected to contain cannabis from within the car. CNB officers were immediately alerted of the detection.
CNB swiftly launched a follow-up operation to arrest the accomplice of the 20-year-old suspected drug trafficker. CNB officers apprehended the 23-year-old male Malaysian accomplice in the vicinity of Woodlands at about 11.20am in the same morning.
After the follow-up operation, officers from CNB, ICA and the SPF K9 Unit conducted further checks on the car and more drugs were uncovered. The drugs seized included cannabis, heroin, ketamine, Erimin-5 and Ecstasy tablets.
Investigations on both men are ongoing. Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, those convicted of importing more than 500g of cannabis may face the death penalty.
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
26 February 2015
CNB Photo 1: Cannabis and other drugs seized in a Home Team operation on 25 February 2015.
CNB Photo 2: A car that was seized in a Home Team operation on 25 February 2015.