SINGAPORE: Officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) arrested 102 suspected drug offenders in a five-day islandwide drug bust, making a document seizure of hashish this 12 months.
The youngest individual arrested was a 17-year-old woman who was nabbed for suspected drug abuse, mentioned CNB on Friday (May 13).
During the operation from May 9 to May 13, spanning areas comparable to Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Batok and Yio Chu Kang, about S$$1,195,000 worth of managed medicine was seized.
This consists of about 6,227g of heroin, 724g of Ice, 20,438g of hashish, 3g of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), one Ecstasy pill, two bottles of liquid suspected to include GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) and 16 methadone tablets – adequate to feed about 2,960 heroin abusers, 410 Ice abusers and a pair of,910 hashish abusers for per week, mentioned CNB.
The 20kg of hashish discovered is a document for 2022. Two comparable hashish seizures occurred in 2021, together with a 24kg haul in April final 12 months.
Investigations into the drug actions of all arrested suspects are ongoing.
Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, it’s an offence to visitors, or supply to visitors in, a managed drug.
It can also be an offence to do, or supply to do, any act preparatory to or for the aim of trafficking in a managed drug.
This consists of those that accomplish that on their very own behalf, or on behalf of one other individual – regardless of whether or not the opposite individual is in Singapore or not.
Anyone discovered responsible of trafficking greater than 15g of pure heroin (diamorphine) or 500g of hashish could face the obligatory demise penalty.
THREE SUSPECTED DRUG TRAFFICKERS ARRESTED
On May 11, CNB officers arrested a 57-year-old Singaporean man in the neighborhood of Bendemeer Road and recovered a minute quantity of heroin and money amounting to S$3,200 from him.
That night, a 65-year-old Singaporean man was additionally arrested in a residential unit in the identical neighborhood. A complete of about 821g of heroin and 16 methadone tablets have been seized from the unit.
A 24-year-old Malaysian man was arrested in a follow-up operation on the bottom flooring of an condo block in the neighborhood of Braddell Hill, with officers recovering about 952g of heroin and 4,093g of hashish from him.
The man was delivered to his hideout in the identical block, the place seven bundles containing about 4,298g of heroin and 16 bundles containing about 16,306g of hashish have been discovered and seized.
The medicine seized in this case have an estimated road worth of greater than S$1,039,000, sufficient to feed the habit of about 2,900 hashish abusers and a pair of,900 heroin abusers for per week, mentioned CNB.
MARINE CRESCENT RAID
In one other raid on May 10, a 54-year-old Singaporean man was arrested for suspected drug trafficking actions in a residential unit in the neighborhood of Marine Crescent.
CNB officers seized a complete of about 642g of Ice and one Ecstasy pill, together with varied drug paraphernalia, from inside the unit.
Two Singaporean males, aged 25 and 58, have been subsequently arrested in the identical neighborhood for suspected drug offences later the identical day. About 8g of Ice and drug paraphernalia have been recovered from the 58-year-old man.
Preliminary investigations present that the 54-year-old man and 25-year-old man are father and son, mentioned CNB.
The quantity of Ice seized in the course of the May 10 operation has an estimated road worth of S$130,000, and is adequate to feed 370 Ice abusers for per week.
“Singapore’s open economy and connectedness as a regional transport hub, and its proximity to major drug-producing regions, places it in constant danger of being overwhelmed by an influx of narcotics,” mentioned Assistant Commissioner (AC) Leon Chan, deputy director of CNB (Operations).
“While the drug situation in Singapore is relatively under control, we cannot take this for granted.”
AC Chan mentioned that robust legal guidelines and the general public’s continued help are key to reaching a drug-free Singapore, including that CNB has not let up on its enforcement efforts.
He mentioned that CNB will proceed to goal drug provide and demand inside the nation, along with the remaining of the Home Team.
“This latest haul of drugs has disrupted the syndicates, and CNB will continue to keep up the pressure on them. We are also controlling local demand with our dragnet operations targeting drug abusers,” mentioned AC Chan.
Source : channelnewsasia.com