SINGAPORE - A whopping 8.8kg of heroin was seized on Friday afternoon (Jan 26) in what was the largest single heroin haul in the past three years, the Central Narcotics Bureau said in a statement on Saturday.
More than 15g of pure heroin trafficked alone can earn a person the death penalty, while 8.8kg of heroin is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 4190 abusers for a week, CNB said.
On Friday afternoon, CNB officers were deployed around HarbourFront Centre to observe two suspected drug traffickers: A 32-year-old Singaporean man and a 35-year-old Malaysian man.
The pair were spotted entering a toilet in HarbourFront Tower 2.
Shortly after, they left the toilet separately.
The Singaporean returned to his car while the Malaysian stayed inside HarbourFront Tower 2.
CNB officers tailed the vehicle driven by the Singaporean, moving in and arresting him in his vehicle at the opportune moment.
Another Singaporean man, 39, who had entered the car, was also arrested.
About 2.2kg of heroin, 460g of "ice" or methamphetamine, and 70 Erimin-5 tablets were found in the car, along with a digital weighing scale and several empty plastic packets.
Meanwhile, another group of CNB officers arrested the Malaysian man at his workplace inside HarbourFront Tower 2.
Officers escorted the 35-year-old to his motorcycle parked nearby, and a search of the motorcycle uncovered about 6.6kg of heroin, packed in different bundles.
In total, about 8.8kg of heroin, 460g of "ice" or methamphetamine and 70 Erimin-5 tablets were seized in the operation. The drugs are estimated to be worth more than $666,000.
Investigations into the drug activities of all the suspects are ongoing.
The Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked exceeds 15g. That amount of diamorphine is equivalent to 1,250 straws, which is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week.