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More than S$300k worth of drugs seized in island-wide operation, 62 arrested: CNB

More than S$300k worth of drugs seized in island-wide operation, 62 arrested: CNB
Heroin and "Ice" seized during the CNV operation from April 17 to 21. Photo: CNB
Among the drugs seized are nearly 2kg of heroin, more than 1,000 Ecstasy tablets
Published: 7:25 PM, April 21, 2017
Updated: 11:38 AM, April 25, 2017

SINGAPORE — Sixty-two people were arrested after the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) carried out an island-wide operation that started on Monday (April 17) and ended on Friday morning, the bureau said in a media statement on Friday.

Along with the suspected drug offenders, the CNB also brought in a haul of about 1.93kg of heroin, 950g of “Ice”, 1.56kg of cannabis, 1,087 “Ecstasy” tablets, 595 Erimin-5 tablets and 80g of ketamine. The drugs seized is estimated to be worth more than S$313,000.

The operation was supported by the Singapore Police Force, and the areas covered included Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Bukit Panjang, Chai Chee, Geylang, Jurong, Punggol, Sengkang, West Coast and Woodlands.

On the first day of the operation, CNB officers arrested two Singaporeans — a 32-year-old male and a 38-year-old female — in the vicinity of Woodlands Square.

A search of their rented car recovered about 920g of heroin, 21 “Ecstasy” tablets, a small amount of “Ice” and drug-taking utensils.

The man was also carrying drugs, including 57g of “Ice”, 63 “Ecstasy” tablets, 11 Erimin-5 tablets and a small amount of heroin. Both suspects were then brought to their private apartment in the Stevens Road area, where a search of the unit recovered about 111g of heroin, 138g of “Ice” and six “Ecstasy” tablets.

Investigations into the drug activities of all suspects are ongoing.

The Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked exceeds 15g, which is equivalent to 1,250 straws, sufficient to feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week.

Mr Ong Pang Thong, Director Enforcement Sector-I, CNB, said the bureau “will not let-up on our enforcement efforts against drugs and drug abuse”, adding that the “continued support of the community” was needed to actively help in “spreading and reinforcing the anti-drug message”.

“Parents should start the conversation on drugs early with their child to guide them away from drugs,” he added, saying that parents could get updates and tips on CNB’s preventive drug education portal (http://www.cnb.gov.sg/cnbpde/parents/default.aspx).