A total of about 974g of heroin and 11g of ‘Ice’, estimated to be worth about S$70,000, were seized and five suspected drug offenders were arrested in an operation conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) on Wednesday (20 February).
The bureau said in a press release on Thursday that in the pre-dawn hours of 20 February 2019, CNB officers were deployed in the vicinity of Jalan Bukit Ho Swee to observe two suspected drug offenders.
CNB said that its officers spotted the first suspect, a 61-year-old Singaporean male, meeting up with the second suspect, a 28-year-old Malaysian male, in the vicinity of Tiong Bahru Plaza.
Both suspects parted ways shortly but were spotted meeting up again a while later, this time in the vicinity of Blk 14 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee. The Malaysian suspect left the area on his motorcycle while the Singaporean suspect returned to his hideout in the vicinity.
Officers then arrested the Malaysian suspect at the Woodlands Checkpoint as he was about to leave Singapore. Cash amounting to S$5,200 was recovered from him.
Simultaneously, CNB officers raided the hideout of the Singaporean suspect and a total of about 500g of heroin and cash of S$2,900 were recovered from within the unit.
The bureau noted that officers also recovered about 466g of heroin that was found hidden within a black haversack that was left hanging on the outside of the unit.
Swift investigations led officers to another suspect, a 57-year-old Singaporean male, who believed to be linked to the first suspect. Officers raided the hideout of the 57-year-old, located in the vicinity of Indus Road, and arrested the 57-year-old and a 53-year-old Singaporean male within the unit.
A total of about 8g of heroin and 11g of ‘Ice’ were recovered from within the unit. A suspected drug abuser, a 47-year-old Singaporean male, was subsequently arrested outside the unit.
According to the bureau, 974g of heroin is enough to feed the addiction of about 464 abusers for a week.
Investigations into the drug activities of all the suspects are ongoing.