On a day of the drug smuggler, four cases detected

SINGAPORE - Wednesday was an unusually busy day for officers working at Woodlands Checkpoint, who saw four cases of people attempting to smuggle drugs into Singapore.

In total, more than 2kg of drugs were seized and seven people arrested.

MyPaper understands that the authorities believe the four cases are unrelated and that the offenders were working for different syndicates.

The authorities' haul began with an early-morning arrest of a Singaporean man who tried to bring in controlled substances via the checkpoint.

They followed up with a raid on a Punggol flat at 10am, where they found heroin, a small amount of cannabis and Ice, and more than $32,000.

Two men and a woman aged between 31 and 47 were arrested. All three are Singaporean.

Then, at around 3.35pm, two Singaporeans on a motorcycle arrived at the checkpoint. Four bundles of cannabis were found in the air-filter box of the motorcycle.

The two men, aged 44 and 53, were arrested.

A follow-up raid on the 53-year-old's taxi parked in Telok Blangah yielded a small packet of cannabis and drug-taking utensils.

About an hour later at 4.43pm, a 70-year-old Singaporean man arrived in a Malaysia-registered car. Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers found six small bundles of cannabis hidden in his underwear.

But the day was not over yet. At 7.25pm, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officers found a block of cannabis under the driver's seat of a Malaysia-registered taxi during a routine check.

The case was referred to CNB and a 58-year-old Malaysian man was arrested.

In total, about 640g of heroin, 1.5kg of cannabis and a small amount of Ice with a street value of $117,000 were recovered.

Investigations are ongoing in all the cases.

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