A drug syndicate believed to have been distributing heroin in Singapore was dismantled by the Central Narcotics Bureau on Wednesday.
Five men, including the syndicate leader, were arrested during the operation and about 2.1kg of heroin seized. The drugs have a street value of more than $220,000, and could sustain about a thousand heroin addicts for a week, said the CNB.
The simultaneous pre-dawn operation saw teams of CNB officers deployed in different parts of Jurong West, where officers kept tabs on the 47-year-old Singaporean syndicate leader and his subordinates. They were believed to have been awaiting a fresh consignment of drugs being brought into Singapore by a drug courier.
At about 9am, CNB officers spotted the alleged drug courier, a 34-year-old Malaysian man, meeting a 66-year-old suspected Singaporean drug trafficker near Jurong West Avenue 1. CNB officers followed and arrested the 66-year-old, recovering some 670g of heroin on him.
Officers then observed the Malaysian man meeting another suspected syndicate member, a 44-year-old Singaporean, at the void deck of a block at Jurong West Street 52. Officers swooped in after they parted ways to arrest the Malaysian, while another group of officers arrested the Singaporean at his home nearby.
About 1.4kg of heroin, 30 packets of synthetic cannabis and $10,000 were seized from the two men. The syndicate leader and another syndicate member were arrested separately.
The five men are being investigated for drug trafficking. If convicted, they each face the death penalty.