More than 900g of heroin seized at the Woodlands Checkpoint

26 Apr 2016

On 25 April 2016 at about 5.20am, a rider on a Malaysia-registered motorcycle was stopped by officers from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for checks upon arrival at the Woodlands Checkpoint.

In the course of inspection, ICA officers found about 460g of heroin in the rider’s bag. The rider, a 20-year-old male Malaysian, was placed under arrest. The suspect, together with the seized exhibit, were referred to the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) for further investigations.

In the course of investigations, CNB officers recovered another 460g of heroin and about 120g of ‘Ice’ from the suspect. This entire seizure of drugs is estimated to be worth more than S$86,000.

Investigations 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[1], 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.



26 APRIL 2016


(CNB photo): Heroin and ‘Ice’ seized at Woodlands checkpoint on 25 April 2016

Heroin and ‘Ice’ seized at Woodlands checkpoint on 25 April 2016

[1] This is estimated using a typical purity level of 4%, based on drug seizures in recent years. The number of straws that are actually made may vary according to the purity level of the heroin used in the straws.