Two suspected traffickers caught with 1kg of heroin

Two suspected drug traffickers, a Malaysian and a Singaporean, were arrested early yesterday morning by Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers.

About 1kg of heroin, worth an estimated $64,000, and $3,400 in cash were seized, CNB said in a news release yesterday.

CNB officers spotted a man driving his car into a carpark in Teck Whye Lane at 1.20am.

Another man was then seen boarding the car, before alighting shortly.

The man in the car then drove off.

Officers arrested the passenger, a 37-year-old Malaysian, and recovered $3,400 in cash.

The driver, a 50-year-old Singaporean, was also arrested after he parked his car in the vicinity of Teck Whye Lane. Two bundles of heroin, weighing almost 1kg, were found in the car.

For trafficking more than 15g of diamorphine, or pure heroin, a person can be sentenced to death under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

That amount of the drug is equivalent to 1,250 straws, which is enough to feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week.

Investigations into the drug activities of the suspects are ongoing.

Lydia Lam

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2017, with the headline 'Two suspected traffickers caught with 1kg of heroin'. Print Edition | Subscribe