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Seven suspected drug offenders, who are all Singaporeans, were arrested in an operation conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) on Aug 24.
In a statement issued by CNB on their website, more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of a variety of drugs were seized in the operation as well.
CNB later clarified with Stomp that the cost of the drugs seized amounted to about S$280,000.
CNB officers were deployed to conduct observation on the hideout of a suspected drug trafficker in the vicinity of Woodlands Crescent. The suspect, a 35-year-old male, was believed to be dealing in a sizeable quantity of different drugs.
During the observation, CNB officers spotted another suspected drug trafficker, a 43-year-old male, entering the HDB unit. The officers from CNB’s Special Task Force (STF) then moved to effect forced entry.
Using specialised forcible entry tools, the STF officers gained entry into the unit and arrested the 35-year-old and the 43-year-old before the drugs were disposed of. The 35-year-old later fainted during the search of the unit and was conveyed to a hospital.
A total of about 2.9kg of heroin, 2kg of cannabis, 100g of ‘Ice’, 45 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets, a bottle of methadone and cash amounting to S$21,170 were recovered from within the unit.
Another two female suspects, a 30-year-old and a 32-year-old, were also arrested within the unit.
The 35-year-old suspect had three other known associates, who were all subsequently arrested. Two of the suspects, a 42-year-old male and a 48-year-old male, were arrested within a HDB unit in the vicinity of Jurong East Street 24.
From within the unit, about 12g of ‘Ice’ and a small amount of cannabis were recovered. The other known associate, a 48-year-old male, was arrested within a unit in the vicinity of Yishun Avenue 11. About 630g of heroin and 50g of ‘Ice’ were recovered from within the unit.
3.53kg of heroin is enough to feed the addiction of about 1,681 abusers for a week, and 2kg of cannabis is enough to feed the addiction of about 286 abusers for a week.
Investigations into the drug activities of all the suspects are ongoing.