The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) carried out an island-wide operation from the morning of 11 February to the morning of 15 February 2019, which saw the arrest of 92 suspected drug offenders and the seizure of about 116g of New Psychoactive Substances, 111g of cannabis, 58g of ‘Ice’, 54g of ketamine, 9g of heroin, 296 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets and 12 Erimin-5 tablets.
2 Some of the areas covered in this island-wide operation included Buangkok, Choa Chu Kang, Geylang, Jurong, Marsiling, Pasir Ris, Toa Payoh, Woodlands and Yishun.
Poly-drug trafficker arrested in River Valley
3 In one of the cases during this island-wide operation, in the morning of 11 February, CNB officers raided a unit in a private apartment in the vicinity of River Valley Close. A 39-year-old Singaporean male suspected drug trafficker was arrested within the unit. A total of about 10g of ‘Ice’, 24g of ketamine, 91g of cannabis, 10 Erimin-5 tablets and 42 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets were recovered from within the unit. Cash of more than S$7,000, some foreign currencies and various drug paraphernalia such as drug-taking apparatuses and digital weighing scale were also recovered.
4 Officers also proceeded to search the taxi driven by the 39-year-old male suspect. One Erimin-5 tablet and a variety of unknown tablets were recovered from within the taxi.
Photo-1 (CNB): Drugs and drug paraphernalia seized from within a unit in vicinity of River Valley, in CNB operation on 11 February 2019
Child in same premises as drug abusers
5 In another case during this island-wide operation, in the morning of 11 February, CNB officers arrested two suspected drug abusers – an 18-year-old and a 28-year-old, both Singaporean males – within a unit in the vicinity of Marsiling Lane. A small amount of ‘Ice’ was recovered within the 28-year-old suspect’s bedroom, where his seven-year-old son was sleeping. Preliminary investigations found that both suspects have been abusing drugs in the unit.
Drug abuser abused ‘Ice’ despite being in last trimester
6 In another case during this island-wide operation, in the morning of 12 February, CNB officers arrested two suspected drug abusers, a 36-year-old Singaporean male and a 29-year-old Singaporean female, within a unit in the vicinity of Buangkok Crescent. Various drug-taking apparatuses and a total of 114 unknown tablets were recovered from within the unit. Two children – a 5-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl – were present during the arrest. Preliminary investigations found that the female suspect had abused methamphetamine just a day earlier despite being in her eighth month of pregnancy.
7 The children concerned are under the care of suitable family members. The Bureau is working closely with the Ministry of Social and Family Development to oversee their welfare and ensure that they continue to receive the necessary support.
8 Investigations into the drug activities of all the arrested persons are ongoing.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
15 FEBRUARY 2019