Seizure of 740g of heroin and some 'Ice' three suspects arrested

01 Apr 2016

On 31 March 2016, CNB mounted an operation to dismantle the activities of a suspected drug trafficking syndicate. The syndicate was suspected to be trafficking in different types of controlled drugs. About 740g of heroin[1] and 30g of ‘Ice’ were seized in total, with an estimated street worth of S$57,000.

On 31 March 2016, CNB officers were deployed in the vicinity of Ang Mo Kio to conduct observation on a suspected drug trafficker, a 39-year-old Singaporean female, who was believed to be receiving a fresh consignment of drugs. The 39-year-old was observed to have met up with a 62-year-old Singaporean male at the vicinity of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10. Both were subsequently arrested, and about 48g of heroin was recovered from the 39-year-old. About 160g of heroin was recovered from the 62-year-old.

A search of the 39-year-old’s hideout at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 uncovered about 480g of heroin and 25g of ‘Ice’. Officers also raided the hideout of the 62-year-old, seizing about 40g of heroin.

CNB’s investigations led officers to the hideout of a suspected drug associate of the 39-year-old, at a unit in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8. Upon CNB’s arrival at the unit at about 9pm on 31 March 2016, CNB officers identified themselves. The suspected drug offender, a 48-year-old male Singaporean, refused to open the door and threatened to burn himself. He was also seen holding a chopper.

For safety reasons, the SPF and SCDF were activated. The residents from the neighbouring units were also evacuated.

At about 10.00am on 1 April 2016, the 48-year-old suspected drug offender was arrested. A small amount of ‘Ice’ and heroin were recovered from the unit. Preliminary screening showed that the suspect tested positive for consumption of controlled drugs. Another occupant was in the unit and she was unharmed.

Investigations into the drug activities of all arrested persons are ongoing. The Misuse of Drugs Act allows for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked exceeds 15g.

Together with our partners in the Home Team, CNB will continue its unrelenting efforts to keep the streets of Singapore free of the drug scourge.



[1] 15g of diamorphine is equivalent to 1,250 straws, which is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week. 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.