Suspected drug syndicate leader nabbed in CNB sting; $103,000 worth of drugs seized

SINGAPORE - A suspected drug syndicate leader who was believed to be distributing sizeable amounts of cannabis and heroin to local traffickers was arrested on Tuesday during an operation by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).

From this operation, a total of about 2,625g of cannabis and 232g of heroin, with a total street value of more than $103,000, were seized, a CNB statement said.

At around 11.30am on Tuesday, CNB officers spotted the syndicate leader meeting up with a suspected drug trafficker in the vicinity of Woodlands Avenue 1. When they parted ways, officers moved in and arrested them. About 415g of cannabis was recovered from the 49-year-old suspected drug trafficker.

After he was arrested, the 51-year-old syndicate leader was brought to Woodlands Avenue 1, where he was believed to have hidden more drugs. About 2,210g of cannabis and 232g of heroin were found in the various hideouts.

A search of the suspected trafficker's home uncovered a small amount of Ice and various improvised drug smoking apparatus. A 54-year-old suspected drug abuser was arrested within the unit, and a 55-year-old suspected drug abuser was arrested just as he was approaching the unit. All the suspects arrested are male Singaporeans.

Investigations on all the suspects are ongoing. Any person convicted of trafficking in more than 500g of cannabis will face the death penalty.

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