Two CNB operations over two days. Synthetic cannabis oil and about 1.6kg of heroin seized.

08 Feb 2017

The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) conducted two separate operations on 7 and 8 February 2017 and arrested four persons. The first case saw the arrest of a young Singaporean male who had ordered drugs online, and the second case saw the arrest of three suspected drug traffickers and seizure of about 1.6kg of heroin, with an estimated street worth of more than S$111,000.

Cannabis and synthetic cannabis oil ordered online – one arrested

On 7 February 2017, a suspicious parcel containing a packet of vegetable matter believed to be cannabis and four bottles of suspected synthetic cannabis oil were referred to the Central Narcotics Bureau.

Following investigations, CNB officers raided the residence of a 21-year-old male Singaporean, who is the intended recipient of the parcel and its contents. From within the unit, CNB officers recovered another four bottles of suspected synthetic cannabis oil [see photos below].

Suspected synthetic cannabis oil seized in CNB operation on 7 February 2017.

Suspected synthetic cannabis oil seized in CNB operation on 7 February 2017.

Photos: Suspected synthetic cannabis oil seized in CNB operation on 7 February 2017.

Investigations are ongoing.

CNB would like to remind the public that cannabis is a Class A controlled drug listed in the Misuse of Drugs Act. Unauthorised consumption, possession, trafficking, import or export of any Class A controlled drug is an offence.

There have been claims made about the efficacy of cannabis as a medicine. However, such claims are inconclusive and unproven. Experts from Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health had conducted an independent literature review on cannabis, where more than 500 articles from reputable medical journals were studied. Their findings were clear, that cannabis is harmful and addictive, especially to young people; and that half of the daily users of cannabis develop a dependence on cannabis. Cannabis can also cause irreversible damage to a person’s brain development. Half of the daily users of cannabis develop a dependence on cannabis. For more details, you can find out more from: Press Releases 59th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria[1]

About 1.6kg of heroin seized in Jurong West, three suspected drug traffickers arrested

In an operation conducted on 8 February 2017, CNB arrested three suspected drug traffickers, recovering about 1.6kg of heroin.

On 8 February 2017, CNB officers were deployed in the vicinity of Jurong West Street 52 to conduct observation on a suspected local drug trafficker. At about 7.20am, CNB officers raided the suspected drug trafficker’s residence and arrested the 47-year-old local male within. Another party of CNB officers arrested another two suspected drug traffickers, one 30-year-old and one 33-year-old, both Malaysian males, in a carpark in the same vicinity.

About 240g of heroin were found concealed in two separate shoes at a shoe rack outside the unit, and about 1,350g of heroin were recovered from within the storeroom of the unit. Cash of S$97,500 was also recovered hidden inside the refrigerator in the unit’s kitchen.

Heroin concealed within shoes [CNB operation on 8 February 2017]

Photo: Heroin concealed within shoes [CNB operation on 8 February 2017]

A search was conducted on the two Malaysians and cash of S$6,900 was recovered from the 30-year-old male Malaysian.

Investigations into the drug activities of all arrested suspects 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, which is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week.

CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
8 FEBRUARY 2017

[1] https://www.mha.gov.sg/Newsroom/speeches/Pages/Singapore-Statement-at-the-59th-Session-of-the-Commission-on-Narcotic-Drugs-Special-Session-on-UNGASS-Preparations.aspx

Last updated: 6 Jul 2017