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Seven arrested after nearly 15kg of drugs found in 2 lorries at Woodlands Checkpoint

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·3-min read
Heroin and ‘Ice’ found within a Malaysia-registered lorry, at Woodlands Checkpoint, on 18 December 2020. (PHOTO: Central Narcotics Bureau)
Heroin and ‘Ice’ found within a Malaysia-registered lorry, at Woodlands Checkpoint, on 18 December 2020. (PHOTO: Central Narcotics Bureau)

SINGAPORE — Nearly 15 kilograms of drugs were found on two separate Malaysia-registered lorries at Woodlands Checkpoint on 18 and 21 December, leading to the arrests of seven drug offenders – six males and one female – at multiple locations in Singapore.

In a joint media release on Wednesday (22 December), the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said that a total of about 4,622 grams of heroin, 5,393 grams of “Ice”, 5,482 grams of cannabis, 247 grams of ketamine, 5,111 “Ecstasy” tablets and 5,383 Erimin-5 tablets were recovered among these two lorries.

The drugs seized are estimated to be worth close to $2.3million. The total amount of drugs seized is sufficient to feed the addiction of 2,200 heroin abusers, 3,080 “Ice” abusers, and 780 cannabis abusers for a week.

Drugs found upon checks by officers at Woodlands Checkpoint

ICA said that on 18 December at about 5.50pm, a Malaysia-registered lorry transporting bean sprouts was referred by its officers for further checks at Woodlands Checkpoint.

During the course of checks, seven bundles of controlled drugs, containing about 4,622 grams of heroin and 521 grams of ‘Ice’, were found. The 38-year-old male Malaysian driver and the 24-year-old male passenger were promptly arrested and referred to CNB for investigation.

In the second case detected on 21 December at about 1.35pm, a Malaysia-registered lorry, transporting furniture and spare vehicle parts, was similarly directed for further checks. The officers’ suspicions were aroused when they noticed anomalies in the scanned x-ray images of the consignment declared as “personal effect”.

During the course of checks, ICA officers uncovered packages containing a total of 4,368 grams of “Ice”, 5,110 grams of cannabis, 4,900 “Ecstasy” tablets and 4,750 Erimin-5 tablets, concealed within the furniture.

The 44-year-old male Malaysian driver and the 55-year-old male passenger were arrested and referred to the CNB for investigation.

Raids by CNB officers lead to more drugs being recovered

In a follow-up operation, CNB officers raided a residential unit in the vicinity of Bedok North Street 2. A total of about 215 grams of cannabis was recovered in the unit and a 20-year-old male Singaporean was arrested.

Following up from the raid, CNB officers then arrested a 22-year-old male Singaporean and 22-year-old female Singaporean in the vicinity of Geylang Lorong 26. A search was conducted in the couple’s hideout in the same vicinity, and a total of about 504 grams of “Ice”, 157 grams of cannabis, 247g of ketamine, 211 “Ecstasy” tablets and 633 Erimin-5 tablets were seized.

Investigations into the drug activities and suspects are ongoing.

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