Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers has arrested a male Malaysian motorcyclist on 21 December 2016 (Wednesday) for the possession of approximately 900g of heroin.
ICA said that at about 6.10am that day, the 23-year-old man was stopped by its officers for further checks at the arrival motorcycle zone of Tuas Checkpoint.
During the course of inspection, ICA said that its officers suspected that there could be drugs hidden in the motorcyclist’s underwear and officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) were immediately alerted.
It then stated that CNB officers searched the male Malaysian and found the heroin concealed in his underwear. The was placed under arrest.
According to ICA, this haul of drugs is estimated to be worth more than S$63,000.
The Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked exceeds 15g. 15g of diamorphine is equivalent to 1,250 straws, which is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week.
“Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore’s security, and security checks are critical to our nation’s security. The Home Team agencies will continue to conduct checks on passengers and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle in undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contrabands,” ICA wrote.