Two drug syndicates crippled during raid


SINGAPORE - A 38-year-old Singaporean male, who is the suspected syndicate leader, was arrested during a Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) raid in Yung Kung Road on Aug 3. Two other suspected drug traffickers were also arrested.

During the same raid, another suspected drug trafficker, a 42-year-old male Singaporean, was arrested at Jurong West. Officers seized over $177,000 worth of drugs, which included 2.3kg of heroin, 72g of 'Ice', 85g of cannabis and 13 Erimin-5 tablets from the man's residence.

In a separate operation on Aug 3, officers caught seven Singaporeans for suspected drug activities. Two suspected drug traffickers aged 20 and 21, a 21-year-old female accomplice and four clients aged between 18 to 31 were arrested at Compassvale.

About 1.8 kg of 'Ice', with an estimated street value of about $324,000, was seized in this operation.

During the same raid, a 29-year-old suspected drug syndicate leader was later arrested in Jurong West.

CNB said in a press statement that this drug syndicate was suspected to have received the drugs from overseas, by mail. The suspected drug traffickers would then repack the 'Ice' for sale in Singapore.

Officers also searched the syndicate's drug store, which was located in a unit in the Sengkang area, and recovered about 1.5kg of 'Ice'.

CNB said that investigations into the drug trafficking activities from the two separate cases are ongoing.

Drug trafficking is punishable by the death penalty if the amount of pure heroin trafficked exceeds 15g, and if that of methamphetamine exceeds 250g.