Drugs worth $200,000 seized in two Central Narcotics Bureau operations

SINGAPORE- Drugs worth $200,000 were seized in two Central Narcotics Bureau operations on Wednesday. A total of about 1.9kg of heroin, 1kg of cannabis and 198g of "Ice" were seized, CNB said in a statement on Thursday.

The first operation took place during the early hours of Wednesday. CNB officers went to the Clementi area and spotted a male suspect arriving at a housing block in a Malaysia-registered motorcycle.

The male suspect, a 28-year old Malaysian, was seen taking a plastic bag from his motorcycle and going to the 17th storey of the housing block. A short while later, he came down the block without the plastic bag. He was placed under arrest.

Another party of CNB officers proceeded to the unit at the 17th storey. They arrested a 42-year old Singaporean female suspect who was attempting to flush some drugs down the toilet. A total of about 1,280g of heroin, 1,034g of cannabis, 95g of "Ice" and one Erimin-5 tablet were found in the unit.

Another two male Malaysians, both 40 and suspected to be involved in the same drug trafficking syndicate, were arrested when attempting to leave Singapore in a Malaysia-registered lorry that same afternoon.

In a separate operation on Wednesday, CNB officers, supported by the police, apprehended a suspected drug trafficker. The 42-year-old male Singaporean was operating near Tampines Street 81. At 12.05pm, he was spotted at the void deck of the block and arrested. He was then escorted to his suspected hideout in the same block.

A search on the suspected drug trafficker recovered packets of heroin and "Ice" packed in small plastic packets. Drug paraphernalia such as improvised drug-smoking apparatus and digital weighing scales were also recovered.

Investigations on all the suspects are ongoing. If convicted, they may face the death penalty. The Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of pure heroin trafficked exceeds 15g. This is equivalent to 1,250 straws, which is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week. Those convicted of trafficking in more than 500g of cannabis may face the death penalty.