CNB seizes Ice worth $1.25m at airport

SINGAPORE - Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers seized 6.25kg of methamphetamine, the controlled drug known on the street as Ice, on Friday at Changi Airport's Terminal 3.

"This is the largest Ice seizure in a single operation for the year so far," said a CNB spokesman in a statement released on Saturday.

The drugs worth about $1.25 million were found in the luggage of a 22-year-old Vietnamese woman, who was arrested at the airport. She was due to leave for a third country in the region.

The drugs were hidden in false compartments of the bag.

The rising number of new Ice abusers was among the points of concern raised by the CNB when it released its mid-year drug situation report last Monday.

Statistics showed that the total number of Ice abusers arrested had gone up - from 519 in the first six months of last year, to 564 in the same period this year.

These new Ice abusers also made up almost 60 per cent of all new abusers arrested.

In total, 22.5kg of Ice was seized between January and June this year, a sharp increase from 9.5kg in the first half of last year.

Most of it, however, was meant for markets overseas. But the drug remains Singapore's second-most abused drug after heroin.

CNB director Ng Ser Song warned drug offenders who try to use Singapore as a transit hub for illegal drug activities.

"We will continue to intensify our enforcement efforts," he said on Saturday.

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