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Friday, Oct 31, 2014

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Over $163,000 worth of drugs seized, 113 arrested in CNB drug busts

AsiaOne | Friday, Oct 31, 2014

SINGAPORE - More than $163,000 worth of drugs were seized in two Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) operations, aimed at curbing street level drug demand and supply activities.

The five-day, island wide strike from Oct 26-31 was conducted by CNB officers and supported by officers from the Singapore Police Force.

A total of 103 suspected drug abusers and six suspected drug traffickers were arrested during the operation.

In one of the operations on Oct 29, a 46-year-old suspected drug trafficker was arrested in the vicinity of Kaki Bukit Road 1. A total of 590g of heroin, 12g of 'Ice' and 22 Erimin-5 tablets, as well as more than $3,300 was seized from him.

In a separate operation on Oct 30, CNB officers arrested a 49-year-old male suspected drug trafficker near Teban Gardens. He had been travelling in a car with a 50-year-old male. Both men are Singaporeans.

450g of heroin, 210g of 'Ice' and 1,000 Erimin-5 tablets was seized, while $1,760 was recovered from his companion.

The suspected hideout of the 49-year-old male was then raided, in which about 180 g of 'Ice', 22 'Ecstasy' tablets, 43 Erimin-5 tablets and some drug-taking utensils were recovered.

Two female foreign nationals, aged 30 and 43, were also arrested within the unit.

Investigations on all the suspects are ongoing. Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, those convicted face the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked exceeds 15g.

CNB Director, Mr Ng Ser Song said: "The 1.2 kg of heroin seized in the two operations could have fed the addiction of almost 589 drug abusers for a week."

He called on the community to continue their strong support for CNB's zero-tolerance stance against drugs.

seanyap@sph.com.sg

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