Drug traffickers who sold adulterated Ecstasy tablets arrested

SINGAPORE - The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has arrested two suspected Singaporean drug traffickers who allegedly sold adulterated Ecstasy tablets.

They are believed to have crushed ecstasy tablets into powder form before adding other substances to reproduce more tablets for higher profits.

Different types of drugs in small quantities were found on a 46-year-old male suspect when he was arrested at West Coast Ferry Road.

The second trafficker, a 57-year-old male, was later arrested in a housing block at North Bridge Road. Another male drug abuser, 55, was also arrested in the unit. About 25 grams of powdered Ecstasy, 88 Ecstasy tablets, eight Erimin-5 tablets and a small amount of Ice were seized.

Various drug packaging paraphernalia including a tablet press machine and metal moulds were also seized from the unit.

If convicted of drug trafficking, both the 46-year-old and 57-year-old will face a minimum of five years of imprisonment. The 46-year-old suspect could also be caned. The drug abuser was sent to a drug rehabilitation centre.

CNB said in a statement that unscrupulous traffickers often adulterate illicit drugs with unknown substances to increase their profits. Abuse of illicit drugs could result in serious damages to health or even death.