On 18 July 2018, the Central Narcotics Bureau conducted an operation which saw the seizure of about 990g of synthetic cannabis. A total of eight men, all Singaporeans, were arrested in this operation. The operation was supported by the Singapore Police Force, Singapore Civil Defence Force and the Health Sciences Authority.
2 In the afternoon of 18 July 2018, officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) were deployed in the vicinity of Bukit Batok Street 34 to conduct observation on a suspected drug trafficker, a 33-year-old male believed to be dealing in synthetic cannabis.
3 At about 1.30pm, the 33-year-old suspect was spotted meeting up with another suspect, a 47-year-old male, inside a car. The two parted shortly after. The 47-year-old male was tailed in his car to the vicinity of Norris Road, where he was arrested upon alighting. About 506g of powder believed to be a New Psychoactive Substance (NPS) was found on the rear car seat.
Photo-1 (CNB): About 506g of powder found on rear car seat at Norris Road, during CNB operation on 18 July 2018.
4 Officers escorted the 47-year-old male to his hideout in the vicinity of Norris Road. About 595g of vegetable matter believed to be synthetic cannabis, 10 litres of acetone and a stained container were recovered in the hideout. Three suspected drug abusers – a 32-year-old, a 41-year-old and a 42-year-old were also arrested within the unit. During the arrest, the 32-year-old suspected drug abuser put up a violent struggle and necessary force was effected to restrain him.
Photo-2 (CNB): View of interior of hideout in the vicinity of Norris Road.
5 In the meantime, a party of CNB officers had maintained observation of the 33-year-old suspected drug trafficker and later arrested two of his suspected drug associates – a 47-year-old and a 55-year-old – in the vicinity of Jurong West Street 93. Officers proceeded to raid the unit of the two suspects and from within the unit, 22g of powder believed to be NPS and 188g of synthetic cannabis were seized. Prior to the search, a 25-year-old suspected drug abuser had approached the unit and was promptly arrested.
6 The 33-year-old male was eventually arrested in the vicinity of Bukit Batok West Avenue 7. He was brought to his residence in Bukit Batok Street 34 and from within the unit, officers recovered about 807g of powder believed to be NPS, 207g of vegetable matter believed to be synthetic cannabis and 2 litres of liquid believed to be acetone.
Photo-3 (CNB): About 207g of vegetable matter believed to be synthetic cannabis found in unit at Bukit Batok Street 34, during CNB operation on 18 July 2018.
Photo-4 (CNB): Some of the items and synthetic cannabis seized in CNB operation on 18 July 2018.
7 Investigations on all the suspects are ongoing. CNB would like to caution members of the public, that many of the New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), including synthetic cannabis, may contain unknown chemicals and substances in them and which may cause severe adverse health effects, including possible death.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
19 JULY 2018