On 19 February 2020, at about 4.48 am, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers conducted checks on an arriving Malaysia-registered car at Tuas Checkpoint.
2. During the course of checks, the ICA officers found two blocks of cannabis, weighing about 2,017g, concealed in the rear passenger seat of the car. Two Malaysian females aged 22 and 23 were immediately placed under arrest and the case was handed over to the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). CNB officers conducted a further search of the car and found another 1,014g of cannabis concealed in the left rear passenger seat.
3. The 3,031g of cannabis seized is estimated to be worth about S$30,000. The amount of cannabis seized is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 430 abusers for a week.
4. Cannabis is a Class A controlled drug listed under Singapore’s Misuse of Drugs Act. The consumption, possession, trafficking, import or export of any controlled drugs is an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
5. Safeguarding Singapore’s borders remains ICA’s top priority. The same methods of concealment used by contraband smugglers may be used by terrorists to smuggle arms and explosives to carry out attacks in Singapore. ICA will continue to conduct security checks on passengers, cargos and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contrabands across our borders.
IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
20 FEBRUARY 2020
Photo-1 (CNB): Cannabis found within a Malaysia-registered car, at Tuas Checkpoint, on 19 February 2020.