Drugs seized in CNB island-wide operation from 7 July to 12 July 2019 (Source: CNB).

109 drug offenders arrested in island-wide operation

A total of 109 suspected drug offenders were arrested in the latest island-wide operation conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) from 7 July to the morning of 12 July 2019, which saw the seizure of about 274g of new psychoactive substances (NPS), 91g of ‘Ice’, 87g of heroin, 33g of ketamine, 381 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets, 98 Erimin-5 tablets and a small amount of cannabis estimated to be worth about S$32,000.

Some of the areas covered during this operation included Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Chai Chee, Geylang, Punggol, Serangoon, Tampines, Woodlands.

On 9 July, in one of the cases during this island-wide operation, CNB officers raided a room in a budget hotel at Lorong 22 Geylang.

The bureau arrested two suspected drug offenders, a 27-year-old female foreign national and a 40-year-old Singaporean male, within the unit.  From within the unit, a total of about 58g of ‘Ice’, 33g of ketamine, 378 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets and 98 Erimin-5 tablets were recovered.

In another case during this island-wide operation, CNB said that its officers also arrested four suspected drug abusers within a unit in the vicinity of Woodlands Rise.  The four suspects are all Singaporeans, two males aged 20 and 41, and two females aged 18 and 25.

Forced-entry was effected as the occupants within the unit refused to comply with the officers’ lawful orders to open the main door, CNB noted, adding that small amounts of heroin, ‘Ice’ and ketamine were recovered from within the unit.

The bureau found that the two male suspects are father and son, and the two female suspects their companions.

Investigations into the drug activities of all the arrested persons are ongoing.

CNB officer rejected bribe offered by suspected drug offender at Woodlands Checkpoint

In another case on 10 July, separate from the island-wide operation, a suspected drug abuser attempted to bribe a CNB officer with RM50 in an attempt to get off the hook.

According to the bureau, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at Woodlands Checkpoint conducted a routine check on a Malaysian male who had arrived by bus in the early morning of 10 July.

The 35-year-old Work Permit Holder was subsequently referred to CNB for investigation into an offence of suspected drug abuse.

At the CNB office at Woodlands Checkpoint, while being escorted by a male CNB officer for a urine test, CNB said that the suspect offered RM50 to the CNB officer, hoping to be released.

The CNB officer promptly rejected the bribe and reported the bribery attempt to his supervisor and the case for attempting to bribe the CNB officer has been referred to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) for further investigation.

Director CNB Mr Ng Ser Song praised the CNB officer and his team members, saying, “The officers exemplify the Bureau’s values of professionalism and integrity, and our zero tolerance towards corruption. Any attempts to bribe our officers will be rejected and reported.”