Close to $1m of drugs seized from Braddell View, 102 people arrested islandwide

Some of the heroin and cannabis seized by CNB from a residential unit in the vicinity of Braddell Hill on May 11, 2022. PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU

SINGAPORE - A major drug sting by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has led to the recovery of close to $1 million in drugs from Braddell View and the arrest of 102 individuals islandwideincluding a father-and-son pair.

Some 20.4kg of cannabis was seized from two places in the Braddell View development, which is in Braddell Hill, following the arrest of a 24-year-old Malaysian man.

It is one of the largest hauls of the drug in recent years.

In March last year, CNB officers seized 20.5kg of cannabis in a drug bust - the largest haul in 14 years. But a month later, CNB officers recovered a record-setting 24kg of cannabis - the largest haul in 25 years.

Superintendent Aaron Tang, director of the intelligence division at CNB, told the media at a press conference on Friday (May 13): “Singapore is not a drug-producing country so drugs come from overseas... (Those) on the upper echelons of the syndicate will be based overseas to supply drugs to Singapore.”

When asked how the drugs were able to enter Singapore, Assistant Commissioner Leon Chan, deputy director of CNB (operations), said the case was still under investigation.

“We will watch upwards and downwards to try and track back how the drugs came into Singapore and how the drugs got onto the ground,” AC Chan said, adding that this is the bureau’s approach to all cases.

The five-day crackdown, which started on Monday (May 9), saw officers seize 6.227kg of heroin, 724g of crystalline methamphetamine, also known as Ice, 20.438kg of cannabis and 3g of new psychoactive substances.

Officers also seized one Ecstasy tablet, two bottles of liquid suspected to contain GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) and 16 methadone tablets from multiple locations including Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Batok and Yio Chu Kang.

The total amount of drugs seized is estimated to be worth nearly $1.195 million and can feed 2,960 heroin abusers, 410 Ice abusers and 2,910 cannabis abusers for a week, said the CNB in a press conference on Friday (May 13).

A 17-year-old woman, a suspected drug abuser, was the youngest among those arrested.

Supt Tang said they had information that the syndicate was distributing large amounts of drugs in Singapore. 

“What we do for all information that we receive is to act swiftly to make sure that the drugs do not go down onto the ground,” he added.

The large cannabis haul followed the arrest of a 57-year-old Singaporean man near Bendemeer Road on Wednesday, said the bureau. A small amount of heroin and $3,200 in cash were recovered from him.

Later that evening, they arrested a 65-year-old Singaporean man in a unit in the same area. A total of about 821g of heroin and 16 methadone tablets were seized in the unit.

In a follow-up operation, officers arrested the Braddell View suspect in a first-floor unit at the development. They recovered 952g of heroin and 4.093kg of cannabis from him.

The man was escorted to his hideout in the same block where seven bundles containing 4.298kg of heroin and 16 bundles containing 16.306kg of cannabis were found and seized.

Some of the drugs were hidden in a duffle bag in plastic bundles.

A bag containing bundles of cannabis seized from a residential unit in the Braddell Hill vicinity on May 11, 2022. PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU

The drugs seized in this bust have an estimated street value of more than $1.039 million and is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 2,900 cannabis abusers and 2,900 heroin abusers for a week.

In an unlinked case, CNB said its officers had raided a residential unit near Marine Crescent on Tuesday, arresting a 54-year-old Singaporean man for suspected drug trafficking activities.

They seized 642g of Ice and one Ecstasy tablet along with drug utensils.

Two Singaporean men, aged 25 and 58, were arrested in the same area for drug offences later the same day.

Some 8g of Ice and drug paraphernalia were recovered from the 58-year-old man.

The 54-year-old man and the 25-year-old man are father and son.

The Ice seized in the bust on Tuesday has an estimate street value of $130,000 and is sufficient to feed 370 Ice abusers for a week.

A total of about 650g of Ice seized in the vicinity of Marine Crescent on May 10, 2022. PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU

AC Chan, said: “Singapore’s open economy and connectedness as a regional transport hub, and its proximity to major drug producing regions, place it in constant danger of being overwhelmed by an influx of narcotics.

“While the drug situation in Singapore is relatively under control, we cannot take this for granted.”

Offenders found guilty of trafficking more than 15g of pure heroin, 250g of methamphetamine or 500g of cannabis could face the mandatory death penalty.

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