Three nabbed in Woodlands drug raid after four-hour stand-off

The suspects in custody after the raid. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER 
The suspects in custody after the raid. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER 
CNB staff at the scene of the raid. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER 
CNB staff at the scene of the raid. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER 
CNB staff at the scene of the raid. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER 
CNB staff at the scene of the raid. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER 
CNB officers in Woodlands after the raid. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER 
CNB officers in Woodlands after the raid. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER 

SINGAPORE - Three suspects were arrested by Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers for suspected drug activities in the wee hours of Thursday morning, after a four-hour stand-off.

Officers had attempted to raid the flat housing the suspects on the third-storey of Block 686B, Woodlands Drive 73 earlier on Wednesday evening, but the occupants refused CNB officers' request to allow access into the unit, reported The New Paper.

"About 40g of cannabis and some drug paraphernalia were seized from the operation. Investigations are on-going,” CNB said in a statement. 

The CNB spokesman said the occupants also "barricaded themselves inside".

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and the police were then activated to support the CNB officers, and the police set up a cordon around the block. Four fire engines, five police cars and three ambulances were seen in the area.

The SCDF's Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team also set up inflatable life packs on the ground floor of the block and safety nets around the affected unit, in the event that the suspects attempted to jump from the flat.

The New Paper reported that the stand-off between suspects and the authorities lasted for more than four hours.

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