Drug syndicate busted, CNB seizes 2kg of cannabis

The cannabis and cash seized in CNB’s operation on Nov 26, 2015.
The cannabis and cash seized in CNB’s operation on Nov 26, 2015.PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU

SINGAPORE - The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) busted a local drug syndicate on Thursday (Nov 26), seizing approximately 2kg of cannabis.

Officers mounted an operation in Tuas on Thursday morning after obtaining information that a drug syndicate was receiving a fresh consignment of drugs, said CNB in a statement on Friday (Nov 27).

"Officers observed a 19-year-old suspected drug accomplice meeting up with a 48-year old Malaysian lorry driver," said CNB.

"After they parted, the 19-year old visited the hideout of the leader of the suspected drug syndicate, a 30-year-old Singaporean male at the vicinity of Tampines St 22."

CNB officers raided the hideout of the 30-year-old and arrested him.

Two bundles of cannabis, weighing about 2kg, were found in the rubbish chute on the ground floor of the building.

According to CNB, 1kg of cannabis is sufficient to feed the addiction of 143 abusers for a week.

The Malaysian lorry driver was also arrested at Woodlands Checkpoint, and $3,600 in cash was seized.

The 19-year-old suspected accomplice was arrested near Hougang MRT station while another suspected accomplice, a 21-year-old Malaysian woman, was arrested near the syndicate leader's hideout.

Investigations into the suspects' activities are ongoing. Those convicted of trafficking in more than 500g of cannabis may face the death penalty.