More busted at checkpoints for drug abuse

Experts point to worrying trend after number of cases jumps from 78 in 2016 to 126 last year

CNB told ST that some 126 Singapore citizens or permanent residents were arrested at checkpoints and airports in 2017.
CNB told ST that some 126 Singapore citizens or permanent residents were arrested at checkpoints and airports in 2017.PHOTO: ST FILE

The arrest of former Singapore Idol Hady Mirza, 38, at a land crossing in Singapore for drug abuse has put the spotlight on a worrying trend.

The number of people arrested at the various checkpoints here for drug abuse from 2013 has climbed gradually, from 47 that year to 65 in 2014. It hit 69 in 2015, before reaching 78 the following year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2018, with the headline 'More busted at checkpoints for drug abuse'. Subscribe