7 arrested, heroin worth over $525,000 seized by CNB in two separate operations

Heroin and cash seized during a CNB operation on July 27, 2016
Heroin and cash seized during a CNB operation on July 27, 2016PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU

SINGAPORE -The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) carried out two separate operations over the past week, seizing over 7.5kg in heroin estimated to be worth more than $525,000.

In the first operation on Wednesday (July 27), CNB officers were deployed at around 11.40am to observe a 50-year-old Singaporean male suspected of trafficking drugs.

He met a suspected drug client, a 60-year-old Singaporean male, in the vicinity of Tampines Street 21, before they parted ways, CNB said in a news release on Saturday.

Officers arrested the client and recovered about 1.4kg of heroin from him. They also raided the man's unit, arresting a 48-year-old suspected drug abuser and recovering about 0.65kg of heroin and a small amount of Ice.

Officers continued to follow the 50-year-old trafficker to Chai Chee, where he met a 52-year-old Singaporean male.

Both men were arrested and about 0.47kg of heroin, wrapped in instant noodle packaging, was recovered from the 52-year-old.

Heroin, wrapped in instant noodle packaging, seized in a CNB operation on July 27, 2016. PHOTO: CNB

A total of $6,200 was found on the other man, who took officers to his hideout at an industrial building in Woodlands Link.

CNB said a search was conducted in an improvised room within the building, where they found two Erimin-5 tablets and a small amount of Ice and heroin.

Instant noodle packaging material, similar to that found on the 52-year-old and 60-year-old, were also discovered.

In a second operation on Friday, CNB officers observed a 56-year-old Singaporean male suspected of drug trafficking in the Circuit Road vicinity around 8.20pm.

He was seen meeting up with a 36-year-old male Malaysian before leaving.

The latter was earlier spotted entering a nearby car park with his suspected accomplice, a 28-year-old female Malaysian.

All three suspected drug offenders were arrested shortly after. About 1kg of heroin was seized from the 56-year-old, while $6,500 in cash was seized from the 28-year-old.

Officers proceeded to raid the hideout of the 56-year-old, seizing about 4kg of heroin, with some of it concealed in food packaging that was heat-sealed.

Heroin, concealed in food packaging, seized in a CNB operation on July 29, 2016. PHOTO: CNB

CNB said this is its largest heroin seizure this year.

The drugs seized were worth about $280,000. Over $72,000 in cash and some foreign currency were also recovered.

Investigations into the drug activities of all the suspects are ongoing.

Offenders face the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked exceeds 15g.