CNB nets drugs worth $132,000 in first large bust of 2013

SINGAPORE - The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) saw its first large seizure of a cocktail of drugs in 2013, netting about 1kg of heroin, 68g of 'Ice, 188g of ketamine, 450 Erimin-5 tablets and 98 'Ecstasy' tablets in an operation mounted on Feb 1, 2013.

The estimated worth of the haul is more than $132,000.

CNB officers spotted a suspected drug trafficker having a brief meet-up with a suspected drug courier on Feb 1, 2013, at about 7.30am in Chai Chee Road.

The 54-year-old suspected drug trafficker was arrested as he was approaching a block of flats believed to house his hideout. From within a paper bag the man was carrying, officers recovered a black bundle containing about 230g of heroin, a weighing scale and several empty plastic sachets.

The man was then escorted to his suspected hideout where a 61-year-old female suspected drug abuser was arrested.

Another party of officers who had kept watch on the suspected drug courier, a Malaysian male aged 33 years, tailed the man on his motorcycle to the vicinity of Lorong 11 Geylang, where he was observed to have met up with two men.

The trio parted ways after a short meeting, with the two men seen leaving together in a car. At about 9.30am, the Malaysian male was arrested at the junction of Lorong 9 Geylang and Sims Avenue. Officers recovered one bundle of cash amounting to $7,000 from within a sling bag he was carrying, and another bundle of cash amounting to $2,800 was found on him. From underneath the seat of his motorcycle, officers recovered two bundles containing a total of about 259g of heroin and also a small amount of 'Ice'.

A separate party of officers tailed the two suspected drug traffickers, a 56-year-old and a 53-year-old, in their car. At about 9.35am, CNB officers intercepted their car at the junction of Penhas Road and Lavender Street and placed both men under arrest. Officers searched the car and recovered about 540g of heroin and a small amount of 'Ice'.

Both men were subsequently brought back to their residences. From within the HDB unit of the 54-year-old man, officers recovered about 54g of 'Ice', 188g of ketamine, 98 'Ecstasy' tablets, 450 Erimin-5 tablets and a small amount of heroin.

Investigations are currently ongoing.

candicec@sph.com.sg

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