More than $56,000 of drugs seized in islandwide joint operation

A suspect being arrested by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). An islandwide drug sweep carried out over a four-day period this week saw more than $56,000 worth of drugs seized and netted 86 drug offenders, said the CNB in a statement on Friday, Nov
A suspect being arrested by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). An islandwide drug sweep carried out over a four-day period this week saw more than $56,000 worth of drugs seized and netted 86 drug offenders, said the CNB in a statement on Friday, Nov 15, 2013. -- PHOTO: CNB

An islandwide drug sweep carried out over a four-day period this week saw more than $56,000 worth of drugs seized and netted 86 drug offenders, said the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) in a statement on Friday.

The joint operation by officers from CNB and the Singapore Police Force was conducted at Ang Mo Kio, Bedok Reservoir Road, Bendemeer Road, Bukit Batok, Bukit Panjang, Chai Chee, Choa Chu Kang, Chin Swee Road, Geylang, Hougang, Marsiling, Sembawang Drive and Woodlands. It was carried out from Monday to Friday.

The drug haul included about 167 grams of heroin, 175 grams of 'Ice', 42 Ecstasy tablets, 100 Erimin-5 tablets, 29 grams of ketamine, a small amount of cannabis and a Yaba tablet, said CNB. Investigations are ongoing.

Separately, a CNB officer rejected a bribe offered by suspected drug offender on Tuesday at Woodlands Checkpoint.

CNB said a Malaysian-registered car was stopped by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers during a routine check as the car attempted to enter Singapore.

Two men - a 31-year-old Malaysian and a 33-year-old Singaporean - who were in the car were referred to CNB officers to follow-up with.

A total of 60 Erimin-5 tablets were found strapped to the 31-year-old's ankle.

While this suspect's statement was being recorded, the 33-year-old attempted to offer money as bribes to a CNB officer. This was promptly rejected but the suspect persisted. A report was made with the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau which is investigating the case.

Meanwhile, a follow-up operation at the 33-year-old suspect's rented residence in the Tanjong Katong area uncovered more Erimin-5 tablets and Ecstasy tablets, worth about $680, which were also seized.

CNB said the 31-year-old is being investigated for importing drugs while the 33-year-old was sent to a drug rehabilitation centre.

yanliang@sph.com.sg