SINGAPORE - The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has arrested 61 suspected drug offenders following a four-day operation targeting illicit drug trafficking activities in Singapore.
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Here is the full statement from CNB:
The Central Narcotics Bureau's (CNB's) latest island-wide operation conducted from 25 November to 29 November targeted illicit drug trafficking activities in Singapore. The operation targeted syndicated drug trafficking as well as street level drug pushers. A total of 61 suspected drug offenders were arrested, of which 33 are being investigated for drug trafficking offences while the remaining are being investigated for drug possession and consumption offences.
The four-day operation saw an assortment of drugs seized, including about 490g of heroin, 330g of 'Ice', 140g of cannabis, 620 'Ecstasy' tablets, 2,230 Erimin-5 tablets and 65g of ketamine, estimated to be worth more than $161,000. The operation was conducted across the island, including Aljunied, Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Boon Lay, Geylang Bahru, Jurong, MacPherson, Serangoon, Telok Blangah and Woodlands. Investigations are ongoing against all the drug offenders.
Cocktail of drugs seized from trafficker
In one of the operations carried out on 28 November at the vicinity of St. George's Lane, a 41-year-old male suspected drug trafficker was arrested. About 298g of 'Ice', 603 'Ecstasy' tablets, 60g of ketamine and 2,184 Erimin-5 tablets, estimated to be worth more than S$98,000, were seized from the unit that the trafficker was residing. Three other suspected drug abusers - two male Singaporeans, aged 37 and 40, and one 24-year-old female Vietnamese national - believed to be connected to the 41-year-old were also arrested.
The 41-year-old Singaporean man is being investigated for drug trafficking. If convicted, he may face the death penalty.
Director CNB Mr Ng Ser Song commended the efforts of the officers and said, "In this latest island-wide operation, the focus was on disrupting illicit drug trafficking activities in Singapore. We removed a large number of drug traffickers off the streets, stopping them from ensnaring more in the downward spiral of drug abuse. CNB will maintain our vigorous enforcement efforts; there will be no easing-off on all drug offenders."