Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers seized about 970g of heroin and arrested four suspected drug offenders, aged 29 to 52 years old in an operation on 1 March 2017, saying that the drugs seized had a total estimated street value of over S$68,000.
The Bureau said that on 1 March 2017 at about 4.20am, CNB officers were deployed at the vicinity of an industrial building in Yishun to conduct observation on suspected illegal drug activities.
It said that a 48-year-old male Malaysian and 45-year-old female Malaysian were spotted arriving at the industrial building in a motorcycle. After the motorcycle was parked, the duo was observed to have left the motorcycle.
At about 6am, CNB said that a 52-year-old male Singaporean suspected drug trafficker was observed to arrive at the industrial building in a car, together with his suspected associate, a 29-year-old male Singaporean. The 52-year-old was observed to approach the motorcycle. Both the 52-year-old and the 29-year-old subsequently drove away in the same car.
CNB said that the said 52-year-old and the 29-year-old were later arrested in the car, along Ubi Avenue 2. A search of the car revealed 2 big packets of heroin, weighing approximately 0.9kg. A search of the 52-year-old’s unit also revealed approximately 48g of heroin.
Simultaneously, it said that officers also arrested the 48-year-old male Malaysian and 45-year-old female Malaysian at the industrial building. Over S$8,000 in cash was recovered from the 48-year-old.
“Investigations into the drug activities of all suspects are ongoing,” CNB said.
It stated that the Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (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, which is estimated using a typical purity level of 4%, based on drug seizures in recent years. While, the number of straws that are actually made may vary according to the purity level of the heroin used in the straws.