Two arrested, more than 1.4kg of drugs worth $130,000 seized at Woodlands Checkpoint bust

The drugs contained in the bundles found in the Singapore-registered taxi. -- PHOTO: ICA/CNB 
The drugs contained in the bundles found in the Singapore-registered taxi. -- PHOTO: ICA/CNB 

SINGAPORE - Two people were arrested on Friday morning after they were caught with more than 1.4kg of drugs at Woodlands Checkpoint, according to a joint media release from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).

A 52-year-old male Singaporean, who was driving a Singapore-registered taxi, was stopped by ICA officers for a routine check upon arrival. There was a female Malaysian passenger, 37, in the taxi with him.

The ICA officers found a bag placed under the front passenger seat of the car, which contained seven bundles wrapped with black tape. Suspecting the bundles to contain drugs, they contacted the CNB.

The seized bundles were found to contain a total of about 1.4kg of heroin, about 149g of 'Ice', 140 tablets of Ecstasy and 100 Erimin 5 pills. The total estimated street value of the drugs is about $129,500.

Investigations on the two persons arrested are ongoing. Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, drug traffickers face the death penalty if the amount of pure heroin trafficked exceeds 15g.

lesterh@sph.com.sg