78 arrested for suspected drug offences in four-day islandwide CNB operation

Heroin, "Ice" and cash seized during CNB operation on Aug 4, 2016.
Heroin, "Ice" and cash seized during CNB operation on Aug 4, 2016.PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU

SINGAPORE - Seventy-eight people have been arrested for suspected drug offences in a four-day islandwide operation by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) that ended on Friday (Aug 5) morning.

A total of about 1kg of cannabis, 690g of heroin, 131g of 'Ice', 905 Erimin-5 tablets, 76 'Ecstasy' tablets, a small amount of ketamine and 500ml of Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB) were seized in the operation, the CNB said in its release.

The estimated street value of the seized drugs is over $109,000.

The Singapore Police Force supported the operation on Thursday, which covered areas including Boon Lay, Bukit Batok, Chai Chee, Hougang, Jurong, Marsiling, Serangoon, Toa Payoh and Woodlands.

In one of the cases, CNB officers arrested three suspected drug offenders and seized about 620g of heroin and 40g of 'Ice', worth an estimated street value of more than $48,000.

A 52-year-old Singaporean man was also arrested in the vicinity of Serangoon Avenue 3 with a straw of heroin, more of which was was recovered from his residence along with a digital weighing scale. A 60-year-old suspected drug abuser was also arrested.

Follow-up investigations led officers to a suspected drug trafficker, a 57-year-old Singaporean woman, who was arrested in the vicinity of Chai Chee Road carrying over 40g of heroin.

About 580g of heroin, 40g of 'Ice' and some drug paraphernalia were seized from her residence, along with $31,400 in cash.

Investigations into the drug activities of all the arrested people are ongoing.

The Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine, or pure heroin, trafficked exceeds 15g.

As an example, 15g of diamorphine is equivalent to 1,250 straws, which is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week.