78 suspected drug offenders nabbed in four-day CNB sweep

Heroin, Ice and cash seized on Thursday, when CNB officers arrested three suspected drug offenders and seized about 620g of heroin and 40g of Ice, with an estimated street value of more than $48,000.
Heroin, Ice and cash seized on Thursday, when CNB officers arrested three suspected drug offenders and seized about 620g of heroin and 40g of Ice, with an estimated street value of more than $48,000. PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU

Seventy-eight people were arrested for suspected drug offences in a four-day islandwide operation by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) that ended yesterday morning.

Drugs worth an estimated $109,000 were seized, including about 1kg of cannabis, 690g of heroin, 131g of Ice, 905 Erimin-5 tablets, 76 Ecstasy tablets, a small amount of ketamine and 500ml of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB).

The operation covered areas including Boon Lay, Bukit Batok, Chai Chee, Hougang, Jurong, Marsiling, Serangoon, Toa Payoh and Woodlands and was supported by the police.

During a sweep on Thursday, CNB officers arrested three suspected drug offenders and seized about 620g of heroin and 40g of Ice, with an estimated street value of more than $48,000.

A 52-year-old Singaporean man was arrested in the vicinity of Serangoon Avenue 3 with a straw of heroin, more of which was recovered from his residence, along with a digital weighing scale.

A 60-year-old suspected drug abuser was also arrested.

Follow-up investigations led officers to a suspected drug trafficker, a 57-year-old Singaporean woman, who was arrested in the vicinity of Chai Chee Road carrying over 40g of heroin. About 580g of heroin, 40g of Ice and some drug paraphernalia were seized from her residence, along with $31,400 in cash.

The CNB revealed details of the operation yesterday and is continuing its investigations.

The Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine, or pure heroin, trafficked exceeds 15g.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 06, 2016, with the headline '78 suspected drug offenders nabbed in four-day CNB sweep'. Print Edition | Subscribe