Drugs worth $197,000 seized, 7 arrested in CNB operations

A CNB operation recovered  a large amount of heroin and cannabis from a hotel room on July 4, 2018.
A CNB operation recovered a large amount of heroin and cannabis from a hotel room on July 4, 2018.PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
A CNB operation recovered a block of cannabis under the front seat of a car on July 4, 2018.
A CNB operation recovered a block of cannabis under the front seat of a car on July 4, 2018.PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU

SINGAPORE - Seven suspected drug offenders were arrested and an estimated $197,000 worth of heroin, cannabis and Ice (methamphetamine) were seized in two Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) operations on Wednesday (July 4).

A 24-year-old Singaporean man suspected of drug trafficking was believed to have booked a hotel room near Raffles Boulevard, CNB said on Thursday. Officers raided the room, which was locked from the inside, with the help of hotel security.

The Singaporean man and two other suspects, a 22-year-old woman of foreign nationality and a 30-year-old Singaporean man, were arrested. Both men attempted to resist arrest and were restrained.

A total of $6,250 in cash was seized along with 1,456g of heroin, 1,000g of cannabis and 10g of Ice. Officers also found 1,005g of cannabis, 10g of Ice and one Ecstasy tablet in the car of the 30-year-old suspect.

In a separate operation, officers arrested a 48-year-old stateless man and a 53-year-old Singaporean man near Upper Cross Street. Officers observed them meeting on the second floor of a building and arrested them after they parted ways.

The 48-year-old suspect was carrying a paper bag containing about 1,049g of heroin, CNB said.

Further follow-up investigations led to the arrest of two other suspects believed to be associated with the 48-year-old man, a 41-year-old stateless man and a 62-year-old Singaporean.

Investigations into the drug activities of all suspects are ongoing.

The heroin seized from both operations was enough to supply 1,190 abusers for a week, and the cannabis seized was enough to supply 286 abusers for a week, CNB said.