Seven arrested for drug offences, over $117,000 of drugs recovered

Seven arrested for drug offences, over $117,000 of drugs recovered

SINGAPORE - The Home Team agencies recovered more than 2kg of drugs, and arrested seven drug offenders in four operations over a period of 24 hours on March 26,

In the early morning hours of March 26, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers arrested a man who had attempted to bring in controlled substances into Singapore via Woodlands Checkpoint, said the two agencies in a joint statement.

At around 10am, CNB officers conducted a follow-up operation, and arrested two men and one women, between the age of 31 and 47, at a flat in Punggol who are suspected to be drug offenders. All four suspects are Singaporeans.

About 640g of heroin, small amount of 'Ice' and cannabis, and more than $32,000 cash were recovered from the flat.

Three other operations were also conducted at the Woodlands Checkpoint on the same day.

In the second case, two men aged 44 and 53 were riding a motorcycle at the Woodlands Checkpoint. ICA officers suspected them to be drug traffickers, and referred the men to CNB at around 3.35pm. CNB officers recovered four bundles of cannabis weighing about 856g in the air filter box of their motorcycle.

A follow-up raid at the 53-year-old's taxi, which was parked at Telok Blangah, yielded a small packet of cannabis and drug-taking utensils.

In the third case, CNB was alerted by ICA of a 70-year-old man who was travelling in a Malaysia-registered car. CNB officers checked the Singaporean and found six small bundles of cannabis weighing about 177g hidden in his underwear.

In the fourth case, ICA officers found a 484g block of cannabis under the driver's seat of an arriving Malaysia-registered taxi during a routine check at about 7.25pm. The 58- year-old Malaysian man was arrested by CNB officers.

In total, about 640g of heroin, 1.5kg of cannabis and small amount of 'Ice' were recovered. The total street value of the drugs recovered was more than $117,000. Investigations are on-going for all the cases.

natlim@sph.com.sg

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