Heroin with estimated street value of more than $80,000 seized at Woodlands Checkpoint

The seized bundles were found to contain heroin with an estimated street worth of more than $80,000.
The seized bundles were found to contain heroin with an estimated street worth of more than $80,000.PHOTO: ICA/CNB

SINGAPORE - A Malaysia-registered taxi carrying about 1.1kg worth of heroin and a small amount of cannabis and "Ice" was stopped while trying to enter Singapore through the Woodlands Checkpoint on Monday (July 27).

In a joint media statement on Tuesday, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said that the drugs were discovered when the vehicle was stopped for routine checks.

The drugs were found in bundles under the driver's seat.

The 52-year-old male taxi driver and the passengers - a 25-year-old man, and two women aged 40 and 56 - were referred to CNB for further investigations. They are all Malaysians.

Follow-up investigations conducted by CNB officers resulted in the arrest of three suspected drug traffickers who are believed to be the intended recipients of the drugs. The three men are aged 29, 43 and 48. A 54-year-old male alleged drug abuser was also arrested. All four are Singaporeans.

The seized bundles were found to contain heroin with an estimated street worth of more than $80,000. Officers also seized more than $9,900 in the operation.

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, offenders face the death penalty if the amount of pure heroin - called diamorphine - trafficked is more than 15g.

The statement said that 15g of diamorphine is equivalent to 1,250 straws which can feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week.

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