More than 90,000 'sleeping pills' seized from man at Woodlands Checkpoint

More than 90,000 'sleeping pills' seized from man at Woodlands Checkpoint
More than 90,000 tablets, believed to be sleeping pills, were found hidden in a Singapore-registered car by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint.

SINGAPORE - A Singaporean man is being investigated after more than 90,000 illegal tablets, believed to be sleeping pills, were found in his car at the Woodlands Checkpoint.

On Dec 28, the 38-year-old's Singapore-registered car was stopped by officers from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for routine checks upon arrival at Woodlands Checkpoint.

According to ICA, slabs of tablets were found hidden in a modified compartment between the car boot and the backseat of the car.

These include 4,500 slabs of 20 tablets of "Nitrazepam" and 4 slabs with 10 tablets each of "Midazolam" from the vehicle. Both substances are listed under the Poisons Act.

It is an offence for anyone found importing or selling substances listed in the Poisons Act without the necessary licences from the Authority. Anyone found guilty of an offence under the Poisons Act is liable on conviction, to a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment for a term of up to two years.

The exhibits and the Singaporean were referred to the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) for further investigations.

ellenja@sph.com.sg

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