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117 DRUG SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN RAIDS, CANDY WITH SUSPECTED DRUGS INSIDE ALSO SEIZED

17 Suspected Drug Offenders Arrested in Island-Wide Operation; Cannabis Plants and Edibles Seized

21 Oct 2022

        Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) arrested 117 suspected drug offenders in a two-week island-wide drug operation from 10 to 21 October 2022. During the operation, controlled drugs of about 38g of heroin, 52g of ‘Ice’, 254g of cannabis, 180g of cannabis products, three cannabis plants, 7g of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), 4g of ‘Ecstasy’ tablets, five LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) stamps and a bottle of liquid suspected to contain GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) were seized. These drugs have an estimated street value of about $19,000.

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2.         Some of the areas covered during this island-wide operation included Buangkok, Bukit Batok and Clementi.

15 October 2022: Singaporean couple arrested in the vicinity of Lorong Ah Soo

3.         On 15 October, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the Parcel Post Section detected a parcel of five packets of candy suspected to contain cannabis. The case was referred to CNB for further investigations. In a follow-up operation conducted on the same day, CNB officers arrested a 26-year-old Singaporean man and 23-year-old Singaporean woman for suspected drug offences in a private residential enclave located in the vicinity of Lorong Ah Soo. Drug paraphernalia were also seized from the unit.

Photo 1 (CNB): Five packets of candy suspected to contain cannabis detected by ICA officers on 15 October. CNB officers launched a follow-up operation and arrested a 26-year-old Singaporean man and 23-year-old Singaporean woman for suspected drug offences on the same day.

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19 October 2022: 30-year-old Singaporean man arrested in the vicinity of Bedok Reservoir Road

4.         On 19 October, ICA officers at the Parcel Post Section detected a parcel of 19 packets of candy suspected to contain cannabis. The case was similarly referred to CNB for further investigations. In a follow-up operation conducted on the same day, CNB officers raided a residential unit in the vicinity of Bedok Reservoir Road and arrested a 30-year-old Singaporean man, the intended recipient of the parcel, for suspected drug offences. About 96g of vegetable matter believed to be cannabis and three potted plants believed to be cannabis were seized from the unit, along with various equipment used for the cultivation of cannabis plants.

Photo 2 (CNB): 19 packets of candy suspected to contain cannabis detected by ICA officers on 19 October. CNB officers launched a follow-up operation and arrested a 30-year-old Singaporean man for suspected drug offences on the same day.

Photos 3 – 5 (CNB): Cannabis plants cultivated in pots and equipment used in the cultivation of the plants were seized in a CNB operation conducted on 19 October 2022.

Photo 6 (CNB): Vegetable matter believed to be cannabis seized from the vicinity of Bedok Reservoir Road in a CNB operation conducted on 19 October 2022.

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5.         Investigations into all arrested suspects are ongoing. CNB would like to remind the public that cannabis is addictive and harmful and is a Class A controlled drug listed under Singapore’s Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA) 1973. The consumption, possession, trafficking, import or export of any controlled drugs, including cannabis and cannabis products, is an offence under the MDA 1973. Any person convicted of cultivating the cannabis plant may also face a maximum of 20 years of imprisonment and / or $40,000 fine.

6.         CNB would also like to urge parents to play an active part to protect our youths from the menace of drugs, and to remind their children that they should not consume or accept products unknown to them or offered by strangers. To entice more youths to consume these products, drugs such as cannabis are added as ingredients to edibles like candies and baked goods, and irresponsibly marketed as harmless consumables. Some products may be marketed as ‘health’ products, and contain hemp, hemp seed oil, CBD oil, cannabis oil, or claimed to be THC-free. Please note that any products containing hemp derivatives as an ingredient or derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant or its seeds can contain controlled drugs such as THC despite the product labels indicating otherwise.

7.         Members of the public can contact the CNB hotline at 1800-325-6666 for advice and assistance if they come across such suspected food products or are worried that their children may be involved with drugs. Those who have drug-related information can make a report to CNB by calling 1800-325-6666 or at https://www.eservices.cnb.gov.sg/feedback

CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU

21 October 2022

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