CNB blitz nabs 113 people and more than $163,000 worth of drugs

SINGAPORE - The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has arrested 113 suspected drug offenders in island-wide operations since Sunday.

The anti-narcotics agency also seized drugs estimated to have a street worth of more than $163,000.

Drugs seized include some 1.2 kg of heroin, 440g of so-called Ice, 58 Ecstasy tablets and 1,189 Erimin-5 tablets, the CNB said in a statment on Friday.

Areas covered by the CNB blitz included Boon Lay, Bukit Batok, Geylang, Joo Chiat Road, Jurong, Marine Parade, Marsiling, Outram Road, Punggol Central, Serangoon and Woodlands.

The anti-drugs bureau said its officers conducted the intensive island-wide operations supported by officers from the Singapore Police Force.

During one operation, on Wednesday, CNB officers seized about 590g of heroin, 12g of Ice, 22 Erimin-5 tablets, and over $3,300 in cash from a 46 year-old suspected drug trafficker in the vacinity of Kaki Bukit Road 1.

On Thursday, CNB officers also recovered some 450g of heroin, 210g of Ice and 1,000 Erimin-5 tablets from a 49-year-old suspected drug trafficker in the vicinity of Teban Gardens. Some $1,760 in cash was recovered from a 50 year-old man who was in the same car as the suspect.

A raid on the 49 year-old man's suspected hideout along Changi Road uncovered about 180g of Ice, 22 Ecstasy tablets, 43 Erimin-5 tablets, and drug-taking utensils. Two female foreign nationals aged 30 and 43 were also arrested by CNB officers inside the unit.

Investigations on all the suspects are ongoing.

CNB Director Ng Ser Song said: "The 1.2 kg of heroin seized in the two operations could have fed the addiction of almost 589 drug abusers for a week. CNB will continue to maintain the enforcement pressure on the ground. We call on the community for their continued strong support on our zero-tolerance stance against drugs."

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, anyone who trafficks in more than 15g of pure heroin - the equivalent of 1,250 straws, which is sufficient to feed the adiction of about 180 abusers for a week - faces the death penalty.

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