Six arrested after 1.7kg of heroin and other drugs worth $179k seized in CNB operation

Six Singaporeans were arrested on Saturday with drugs worth more than $179,000, in an operation by the Central Narcotics Bureau.
Six Singaporeans were arrested on Saturday with drugs worth more than $179,000, in an operation by the Central Narcotics Bureau. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Six Singaporeans were arrested after a total of about 1.7kg of heroin, 214g of 'Ice', 250g of ketamine and other drugs estimated to be worth more than $179,000 were seized in a Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) operation on Saturday.

The CNB said in a release that a couple travelling in a car was stopped at a police roadblock along Bedok North Road early Saturday morning, and about 350g of heroin, 10g of 'Ice', 81 tablets of Erimin-5, and other drug paraphernalia were recovered from the car. The driver, a 27-year-old male, and the passenger, a 25-year-old female, were placed under arrest and referred to CNB.

After establishing the identities of the drug associates of the two suspects, CNB officers arrested two more couples in the vicinity of Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 on Saturday evening. The first couple, a 39-year-old male and a 31-year-old female, were arrested at a HDB block. CNB officers seized about 450g of heroin, 4g of 'Ice', 8g of cannabis, a bottle of methadone, a digital weighing scale and $15,275 in cash from the male suspected trafficker.

The second couple, a 29-year-old male and a 32-year-old female, were arrested after CNB officers spotted their car entering a carpark in the same vicinity. They seized about 900g of heroin, 200g of 'Ice', 250g of ketamine, 100 Erimin-5 tablets, a digital weighing scale, numerous empty plastic sachets and $6,700 in cash.

Investigations into the drug activities of all the suspects are ongoing, said the CNB. The Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked exceeds 15g.

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