Suspected drug trafficker and accomplices nabbed with $138,000 worth of drugs

Heroin, Ice/methamphetamine and cash seized from drug arrests on Thursday (Aug 11). The haul of drugs is estimated to be worth at least $138,000.
Heroin, Ice/methamphetamine and cash seized from drug arrests on Thursday (Aug 11). The haul of drugs is estimated to be worth at least $138,000.PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU

SINGAPORE - Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers arrested a suspected drug trafficker and his accomplices on Thursday (Aug 11), netting a haul of controlled substances worth over $138,000.

The operation involved surveillance and raids across the island, the CNB said in a press release on Friday (Aug 12).

On Thursday afternoon, officers observed the suspected trafficker, a 33-year-old Singaporean man, meeting a 40-year-old Malaysian along Boon Teck Road in Balestier.

After a brief meeting, both parties drove their separate ways.

The suspected trafficker headed to Queenstown, where he was arrested with more than $600 in cash. Almost 1.4kg of heroin, 320g of methamphetamine or "Ice", a bottle of methadone and a digital weighing scale were found in his car.

A second group of CNB officers conducted a raid in a HDB unit in the Queenstown area, where an accomplice of the suspected trafficker is believed to be hiding out.

The accomplice, a 49-year-old man, was nabbed alongside two suspected drug users - a man, 43, and a woman, 37. All three are Singaporeans. Officers found about 30g of heroin, 10g of "Ice", and $3,400 in cash in the apartment.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian and his 31-year-old wife - also a Malaysian - were trying to leave Singapore when they were arrested at Woodlands Checkpoint with $7,000 and over RM 900 (S$302).

CNB said investigations are underway. Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, anyone found guilty of trafficking more than 15g of pure heroin - a week's supply for 180 users - faces the death penalty.