2 men arrested for making controlled drugs in Yishun, 2.6kg of synthetic cannabis seized

Two men were arrested for making a total of about 2.6kg of synthetic cannabis, in an operation by officers on Wednesday (Dec 6) in an industrial building at Yishun Industrial Street 1.

The operation was conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and supported by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), according to a joint statement issued on Friday (Dec 8).

CNB officers were deployed in the vicinity of Yishun Industrial Street 1 to observe two suspected drug offenders.

The two suspects - male Singaporeans aged 40 and 45 years - were spotted entering a unit in the industrial building separately.

After some observation, CNB officers raided the unit and arrested the two men. Noticing the presence of a pungent smell within the unit, the officers quickly exited the unit with the two arrested persons.

A team of SCDF's HazMat (Hazardous Materials) specialists in fully encapsulated suits entered the unit to investigate the pungent smell.

Using handheld detectors, it was ascertained that the air within the room was hazardous and controlled ventilation of the unit was carried out. Once the unit was assessed to be safe to enter, CNB and HSA officers proceeded to conduct a thorough search of the unit.

A total of about 2.6kg of synthetic cannabis and 500g of unknown powdery substance were recovered from within the unit.

If found guilty of unauthorised manufacturing of a Class A controlled drug, the two suspects face at least 10 years' jail and five strokes of the cane.