CNB sweep in Geylang and Balestier

Above: A man, in his 20s, was arrested in a serviced apartment in Geylang following a raid by the Central Narcotics Bureau on Monday. Left: Officers found a pouch containing 0.2g of Ice and an improvised smoking device in the room.
Above: A man, in his 20s, was arrested in a serviced apartment in Geylang following a raid by the Central Narcotics Bureau on Monday. ST PHOTOS: CHEW SENG KIM
Above: A man, in his 20s, was arrested in a serviced apartment in Geylang following a raid by the Central Narcotics Bureau on Monday. Left: Officers found a pouch containing 0.2g of Ice and an improvised smoking device in the room.
Above: Officers found a pouch containing 0.2g of Ice and an improvised smoking device in the room.ST PHOTOS: CHEW SENG KIM

The suspect was fast asleep in a serviced apartment room in Geylang when drug cops closed in on Monday morning.

"CNB! Open the door!"

The naked man, in his 20s, did so. The building had already been surrounded by Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers.

"Do you have anything to surrender?" they asked.

He mumbled a reply.

It was not long before they found in the room an improvised smoking device for methamphetamine which he had been trying to hide.

He was then made to go on his knees, wrapped in a blanket with his arms behind his back, flanked by two narcotics officers.

"Tell us where all the drugs are."

The man watched, dazed, as they searched the small room, carefully looking through his possessions with gloved hands.

The stench of cigarette smoke lingered in the air.

In the pockets of his pants, which were strewn by the bedside, officers found a pouch containing 0.2g of Ice, enough to be consumed about two to three times.

The man was eventually led out of the room in handcuffs.

He was among 115 suspected drug offenders nabbed this week in a four-day operation.

The same morning, narcotics officers raided budget hotels in Geylang and Balestier after surveying them.

Securing a building's exits, armed officers approached targeted rooms with housebreaking tools and an operations bag in tow. The bag contained gloves and exhibit bags to collect evidence.

Entering the rooms with the help of hotel staff, they interviewed occupants and searched the place before taking the suspects back to headquarters for questioning.

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, people convicted of trafficking more than 250g of methamphetamine, also known as Ice, may face the death penalty.

This amount could feed the addiction of about 185 abusers for a week.

Seow Bei Yi

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 30, 2016, with the headline 'CNB sweep in Geylang and Balestier'. Print Edition | Subscribe