SINGAPORE - Four Singaporeans may face the death penalty after they were caught by Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers on Tuesday, in two separate operations which netted 2.6kg of heroin and 1.2kg of cannabis.
The first operation occurred in the vicinity of a housing block at Marsiling Drive. According to a statement from CNB, a 46-year-old male suspected cannabis trafficker was spotted meeting up with a 40-year-old male suspected drug client.
CNB officers deployed for the sting moved in after the transaction concluded, and recovered about 40g of cannabis from the 40-year-old male and about 260g of cannabis from the 46-year-old male.
A further 960g of cannabis and a small amount of 'Ice' and heroin were later recovered from the 46-year-old suspected drug trafficker's residence.
In the second operation, CNB officers deployed to a housing block at Clementi West Street 1 spotted their suspect, a 40-year-old male, getting on board a van driven by a 48-year-old male.
After stopping the van at the exit of the carpark, CNB officers found 2.6kg of heroin and drug paraphernalia such as a digital weighing scale and empty plastic sachets within the van.
The 40-year-old suspected trafficker was also found to be carrying more than S$6,700 cash.
If convicted, all four Singaporean suspects may face the death penalty.
The Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked exceeds 15g. 15g of diamorphine is equivalent to 1,250 straws, which is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week.
Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, those convicted of trafficking in more than 500g of cannabis may face the death penalty.
Director CNB Mr Ng Ser Song said: "The 2.6kg of heroin seized could have fed the addiction of almost 1250 drug abusers for a week, and the 1.2kg of cannabis seized could have been used to lure many unsuspecting new abusers into trying out drugs for the first time.
"This will start a vicious cycle of lifelong addiction, bringing upon families immense pain and suffering when they see their loved ones fighting to be free from drug addiction.
"CNB will not let up in our enforcement efforts and will not allow drugs to enslave our community."