More than a quarter of a million worth of a variety of drugs were seized in an operation conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau in the morning of 24 August 2018. Seven suspected drug offenders were arrested. All are Singaporeans.
2 In the morning hours of 24 August, CNB officers were deployed to conduct observation on the hideout of a suspected drug trafficker in the vicinity of Woodlands Crescent. The suspected drug trafficker – a 35-year-old male – was believed to be dealing in a sizeable quantity of different drugs.
3 During the observation, CNB officers spotted another suspected drug trafficker – a 43-year-old male – entering the unit. Sensing an opportune moment, the officers from CNB’s Special Task Force (STF) moved swiftly to effect forced entry. Using specialised forcible entry tools, the STF officers quickly gained entry into the unit and arrested the 35-year-old and the 43-year-old before they had the chance to dispose the drugs. A total of about 2.9kg of heroin, 2kg of cannabis, 100g of ‘Ice’, 45 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets, a bottle of methadone and cash amounting to S$21,170 were recovered from within the unit. Another two female suspects – a 30-year-old and a 32-year-old – were also arrested within the unit. The 35-year-old male suspect fainted during the search of the unit, and was promptly conveyed to hospital by ambulance.
Photo-1 (CNB): Packets of heroin found within the unit in vicinity of Woodlands Crescent, in CNB operation on 24 August 2018.
Photo-2 (CNB): Drugs and cash recovered from within a unit in vicinity of Woodlands Crescent, in CNB operation on 24 August 2018.
4 There were three other known associates of the 35-year-old suspect, and all three were arrested soon thereafter. Two of the suspects – a 42-year-old male and a 48-year-old male – were arrested within a unit in the vicinity of Jurong East Street 24. From within the unit, about 12g of ‘Ice’ and a small amount of cannabis were recovered. The other known associate – a 48-year-old male – was arrested within a unit in the vicinity of Yishun Avenue 11. About 630g of heroin and 50g of ‘Ice’ were recovered from within the unit.
Photo-3 (CNB): Heroin and ‘Ice’ recovered from within unit in vicinity of Yishun Avenue 11, in CNB operation on 24 August 2018.
5 The swift and decisive actions of the officers involved in this operations, including the STF, resulted in the dismantling of a major drug trafficking syndicate. (For more information on CNB’s STF, please visit CNB’s Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CNB.DrugFreeSG/ and also at CNB Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/cnb.drugfreesg/).
6 Investigations into the drug activities of all the suspects are ongoing. 3.53kg of heroin is enough to feed the addiction of about 1,681 abusers for a week1. 2kg of cannabis is enough to feed the addiction of about 286 abusers for a week.
1 This is estimated using a typical purity level of 4%, based on drug seizures in recent years.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
25 AUGUST 2018