Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has announced that it has seized about 1.38kg of heroin which was found in the four bundles, adding that the estimated street value of the heroin seized is more than S$96,000.
In a joint statement by ICA and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), a checkpoint officer directed an arriving Malaysia-registered motorcycle for further inspection at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Saturday (11 March) at about 5.05pm.
During the course of checks, ICA's officers noted that four black bundles suspected to contain heroin were found concealed under the motorcycle seat. Officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) were immediately alerted.
"The lone 30-year-old male Malaysian motorcyclist and the bundles were handed over to CNB for further investigations," the statement said.
According to the Law, 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 said.