A total of eight men were arrested for the possession of about 90 grams of synthetic cannabis in an operation conducted by Central Narcotics Bureau on Wednesday (18 July), and supported by the Singapore Police Force, Singapore Civil Defence Force and the Health Sciences Authority.
In a press release on Thursday (19 July), CNB stated that its officers were deployed in the vicinity of Bukit Batok Street 34 to conduct observation on a suspected drug trafficker, a 33-year-old male believed to be dealing in synthetic cannabis in the afternoon of 18 July 2018
According to the bureau, at about 1.30pm, the 33-year-old suspect was spotted meeting up with another suspect, a 47-year-old male, inside a car. The two parted shortly after. The 47-year-old male was tailed in his car to the vicinity of Norris Road, where he was arrested upon alighting. About 506g of powder believed to be a New Psychoactive Substance (NPS) was found on the rear car seat.
CNB then said that its officers escorted the 47-year-old male to his hideout in the vicinity of Norris Road, where about 595 grams of vegetable matter believed to be synthetic cannabis, 10 litres of acetone and a stained container were recovered in the hideout.
It noted that three suspected drug abusers – a 32-year-old, a 41-year-old and a 42-year-old were also arrested within the unit. During the arrest, the 32-year-old suspected drug abuser put up a violent struggle and necessary force was effected to restrain him.
In the meantime, a party of CNB officers had maintained observation of the 33-year-old suspected drug trafficker and later arrested two of his suspected drug associates – a 47-year-old and a 55-year-old – in the vicinity of Jurong West Street 93.
Its officers then proceeded to raid the unit of the two suspects and from within the unit, 22g of powder believed to be NPS and 188g of synthetic cannabis were seized. Prior to the search, a 25-year-old suspected drug abuser had approached the unit and was promptly arrested.
The bureau stated that the 33-year-old male was eventually arrested in the vicinity of Bukit Batok West Avenue 7. He was brought to his residence in Bukit Batok Street 34 and from within the unit, officers recovered about 807g of powder believed to be NPS, 207g of vegetable matter believed to be synthetic cannabis and 2 litres of liquid believed to be acetone.
Investigations on all the suspects are ongoing.
CNB then cautions members of the public, that many of the New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), including synthetic cannabis, may contain unknown chemicals and substances in them and which may cause severe adverse health effects, including possible death.