Six S'poreans nabbed in regional drug syndicate bust

The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and its Malaysian counterpart have busted a regional drug syndicate, arresting 14 of its suspected members, including six Singaporeans.

In a statement yesterday, CNB said that joint investigations with the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) of the Royal Malaysian Police began last month.

The syndicate was believed to be supplying drugs in Malaysia and elsewhere in the region.

Last Friday, NCID received intelligence that the syndicate was planning a drug run and mounted an operation.

Officers seized about 12.8kg of Ice, 955g of ketamine, 4,333 Ecstasy tablets, 200 Erimin-5 tablets, cash amounting to $8,000 and RM5,000 (S$1,680) as well as five cars.

In total, seven Malaysians, six Singaporeans and one Thai national were arrested.

The six Singaporeans, including one female, are aged between 30 and 65.

CNB and NCID had worked closely together to uncover the syndicate's network and their modus operandi, the CNB statement said.

In the statement, CNB director Ng Ser Song congratulated NCID director Mohmad Salleh and NCID officers on their success in neutralising the drug trafficking syndicate.

"It is important that drug enforcement agencies cooperate closely to take out drug syndicates that operate with no respect for borders," he said.

"Through close and timely cooperation, we can take the fight to the drug syndicates."

Investigations by NCID are ongoing. If convicted of drug trafficking, the six Singaporeans face the death penalty.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2018, with the headline 'Six S'poreans nabbed in regional drug syndicate bust'. Print Edition | Subscribe