Drug suspect nabbed with 3.6kg of heroin hidden inside cabbages; 3 others arrested

Bundles of heroin were found in these cabbages.
Bundles of heroin were found in these cabbages.PHOTOS: CNB

SINGAPORE - A 46-year-old Singaporean man was arrested by anti-drug officers early on Thursday morning, on suspicion that he was trafficking heroin, said the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) in a statement.

The man was found with heroin weighing 3.6kg, estimated to be worth more than $245,000. The drug was hidden inside some cabbages.

The CNB said this was the first time they had encountered such a concealment method.

Also arrested were three Malaysian men, aged 25 to 32, who are believed to have passed the Singaporean man the drug.

The CNB said it deployed its officers near Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 early on Thursday morning, on information that a suspected drug trafficker would receive a consignment of drugs at the location.

At about 5.45am, officers spotted a white Malaysian-registered lorry arrive at the location. Shortly after, the 46-year-old man walked up to the left side of the lorry and handed over a plastic bag to one of the passengers in the lorry, said the CNB.

The man received four plastic bags in return and the lorry moved off.

Anti-narcotics officers tailed the suspected drug trafficker to a nearby coffee shop where he was arrested.

Inside the plastic bags, officers found eight cabbages which had bundles of heroin concealed within.

The white Malaysia-registered lorry was later stopped at Woodlands Checkpoint at about 6.45am.

The three Malaysian men, who were in the vehicle, were arrested. Cash amounting to $18,500 was found inside a plastic bag behind the driver's seat.

Investigations on all four men are ongoing.

If convicted of their respective offences, all could face the death penalty.

In its statement, the CNB said that it is committed to keep Singapore free of drugs, and that it will remain vigilant to drug smuggling methods.