$155,000 worth of heroin seized at Woodlands Checkpoint

SINGAPORE - About 1.5kg of heroin was seized from under the seat of a Malaysian-registered motorcycle at about 7.30pm on Monday night at the Woodlands Checkpoint, said a joint statement from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).

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Here is the full statement from ICA and CNB:

On March 24, 2014, at about 7.35pm, a male Malaysian riding a Malaysia-registered motorcycle was stopped by officers from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for routine checks upon arrival at Woodlands Checkpoint.

During the course of inspection, the ICA officers found three black bundles suspected to be controlled drugs, in the left and right cavities under the motorcycle seat. Officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) were immediately alerted of the detection. The 28-year-old man and exhibits were handed over to CNB for further investigations.

The seized bundles contained about 1,483g of heroin amounting to a potential street value of $155,000. This amount of heroin is estimated to be able to sustain 705 abusers for a whole week.

The Home Team agencies will continue to conduct checks on passengers and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle in undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contrabands.