104 drug offenders arrested in island-wide raids

SINGAPORE - A five-day island-wide operation has resulted in the arrest of 104 suspected drug offenders.

Drugs worth more than $70,000 were also seized, including about 270 grams of ketamine, 150 grams of Ice, 30 grams of heroin, 2,500 Erimin-5 tablets, 290 Ecstasy tablets and a small amount of cannabis.

The raid, which was conducted by officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and the Singapore Police Force, was held from July 7 to 11 and covered areas such as Beach Road, Bedok North, Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang, Circuit Road, Geylang, Jalan Kayu, Pasir Ris, Woodlands and Yishun.

On the first day of the operations, CNB officers arrested a 47-year-old Singaporean who was suspected to be trafficking in multiple types of drugs.

He was arrested as he was leaving his HDB unit in Toh Guan Road.

CNB officers found multiple types of drugs, including ketamine, Erimin-5 tablets, Ecstasy tablets, $6,000 in cash and drug paraphernalia on the suspected trafficker.

More drugs, drug paraphernalia and another $6,000 were recovered from a raid on the suspected trafficker's unit.

In total, CNB seized about 260 grams of ketamine, 115 grams of Ice, 2,472 Erimin-5 tablets, 265 Ecstasy tablets, a small amount of cannabis and cash of $12,000 from this operation. The drug haul had an estimated street value of more than $58,000.

The 47-year-old male is being investigated for drug trafficking. If convicted, he will face a minimum of five years of imprisonment and five strokes of the cane.

Director of CNB, Mr Ng Ser Song, said: "As the regional drug situation remains unfavourable with a potential spill-over on Singapore, CNB will continue to put pressure against such street level demand and supply of illicit drugs.

"Singapore adopts a zero-tolerance approach towards illicit drugs and this is a strong signal to all drug offenders that CNB will not tolerate such drug activities."