Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) seized a total of about 3.7kg of heroin and 1kg of cannabis during an inspection at Woodlands Checkpoint on 4 May.
ICA officers directed an arriving Malaysia-registered bus for further checks on 4 May 2017 at about 1.25pm.
During the course of checks, officers found a suspicious bag on the right-side of the driver’s seat.
Further investigations by ICA officers led to the identification of two other suspected accomplices. The bag was then opened in the presence of the three suspects and ICA officers uncovered some bundles, suspected to be controlled drugs.
According to ICA, the 36- year-old male Malaysian driver and the two Malaysian men, aged 20 and 24, were subsequently placed under arrest. The case was then handed over to officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).
ICA stated that the estimated street worth of the seized drugs is about S$307,000.
CNB also launched a follow-up operation to arrest the suspected intended recipients of the seized drugs.
A 35-year-old female Singaporean and a 48-year-old male Singaporean were arrested in the vicinity of Jalan Pelatok, off Upper Changi Road East.
CNB officers proceeded to raid the two suspects’ rented room, also in the vicinity of Jalan Pelatok and recovered a total of about 260g of ‘Ice’, 130g of heroin, two ‘Yaba’ (methamphetamine) tablets, a small amount of cannabis and a bottle of methadone.
Investigations against the cases are ongoing.
The Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA) provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked exceeds 15g.
According to CNB, 15g of diamorphine is equivalent to 1,250 straws, which is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week.
The MDA also provides for the death penalty if the amount of cannabis trafficked exceeds 500g.