1kg of cannabis worth $33,000 found in car engine compartment at Woodlands Checkpoint

Car in which one block of cannabis was found by ICA officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Nov 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU / IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
Car in which one block of cannabis was found by ICA officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Nov 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU / IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
Cannabis seized at Woodlands Checkpoint on Nov 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU / IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
Cannabis seized at Woodlands Checkpoint on Nov 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU / IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - About 1kg of cannabis was seized by immigration officials, and a suspected smuggler arrested at the Woodlands checkpoint on Saturday, Nov 22.

A routine check on a Malaysia-registered car had turned up a block of the suspected cannabis in the engine compartment.

The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) was alerted at 1.05pm on Saturday.

The driver of the car, a 37-year-old Malaysian man, was arrested, CNB said in a statement on Sunday.

Investigations are ongoing, CNB said.

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, those convicted of importing more than 500g of cannabis may face the death penalty.

The cannabis has an estimated street value of more than $33,000.

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