Sting op nets drugs worth $160k

Sting op nets drugs worth $160k

SINGAPORE - Undercover officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) arrested 108 suspects and seized an assortment of drugs with a street value of more than $160,000 during a sting operation that ended on Friday.

The four-day islandwide bust, which was supported by the police, yielded about 1,300g of heroin, 20g of crystal methamphetamine - better known by its street name Ice, 610g of cannabis, 70g of ketamine, 291 Erimin-5 tablets and 27 Ecstasy tablets.

The biggest haul among the illicit drugs recovered was 1,200g of heroin found in the possession of four suspects.

Their stash of heroin is worth more than $120,000 on the streets, said a CNB spokesman.

Narcotics officers mounted the operation against a 48-year-old suspected drug trafficker on Friday morning near Kitchener Road.

At about 9.30am, the suspect collected a drug consignment from a group of Malaysians before parting ways with them.

Soon after the exchange, the officers swooped in and arrested the Malaysian group, made up of three men aged 18, 19 and 20.

The older man, who is Singaporean, was later picked up in the Upper Paya Lebar area with about 900g of heroin on him.

He then took the officers to his hideout on Kitchener Road, where another 300g of heroin was recovered.

All four men are being investigated for drug trafficking. If convicted, they may face the death penalty.

The latest crackdown is one of many joint operations between the CNB and other Home Team agencies in the war against drugs.

Last month, a 14-hour joint operation comprising officers from the bureau and police ended with 20 people arrested, 19 for drug-related offences. This after the officers launched a dragnet and conducted checks at public housing estates in Sembawang, Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Hougang and Serangoon.

Those arrests came after 107 suspects were picked up earlier last month for similar offences.

In that three-day operation, the CNB seized about 660g of heroin, 24g of Ice and small amounts of drugs such as ketamine, Erimin-5 and Ecstasy tablets.

CNB director Ng Ser Song said the latest operation - which was conducted across the island from Ang Mo Kio to Redhill, Boon Lay to Bedok, among other areas - was a "testament to the close cooperation between the Home Team agencies in fighting the drug menace".

"We will continue to keep up the vigorous enforcement efforts against all drug offenders," he added.


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