High drama

High drama
HONOURED: Inspector Pamela Chua, 25, of the Central Narcotics Bureau, received a Minister for Home Affairs Award for Operational Excellence on behalf of her division, along with other officers representing their teams, at a Home Team event on Monday.

It started as a routine raid. It turned into a case with lives at stake.

In June, Inspector Pamela Chua, 25, of the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and her team were at a HDB flat at Tanglin Halt, confronting a suspected user of methamphetamine.

"As usual, we knocked on his door. But this time, his actions were not what we usually encounter," she said.

The 24-year-old suspect did not react even after CNB officers identified themselves and he refused to open the door.

Inspector Chua said that he repeatedly asked why they were there and did not appear to be in the right mind to communicate properly.

"But the main thing that made us worry was that he kept walking around. We also noticed there was a young girl in the house," she said.

The officers assessed that the suspect was then under the influence of meth and could cause harm to himself and the seven-year-old girl, who was the suspect's sister.

They decided to force their way into the flat, but the suspect slammed the door shut.

"He threatened to jump if we forced our way in and he ran to the bedroom, shutting the door," said Inspector Chua.

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