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$700,000 WORTH OF VAPE PRODUCTS CONFISCATED AT UPP BT TIMAH

The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) recently conducted an operation on 16 February 2022 which saw almost $700,000 worth of vape products being confiscated from a unit at Upper Bukit Timah Road.

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Three other Singaporean men in their 30s were also arrested for their drug related offences.

Two of the three men were first arrested nearby Upper Bukit Timah Road and they brought officers to a residential unit also in Upper Bukit Timah Road which led to the arrest of the third man.

Drugs and instruments which officers found and confiscated from the unit include:

  • 2g of Ice
  • 18 ecstasy tablets
  • Drug paraphernalia

Apart from the drugs, huge amounts of e-vaporisers and their products were also found and confiscated.

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The total haul from this operation includes:

  •  1,461 assorted e-vaporisers
  • 94,572 assorted e-vaporisers pods
  • 78,091 HeatSticks (heat-not-burn tobacco) 

Investigations are still in progress against the three suspects.

Penalties

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) would like to remind the general public that importing, distributing, selling or offering to sell imitation tobacco products is not allowed in Singapore.

The products that are prohibited include:

  • Shisha tobacco
  • Smokeless tobacco
  • Chewing tobacco such as Gutkha, Khaini, Zarda
  • E-vaporisers and their components

First time offenders could be fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed up to a period of six months while recalcitrant offenders could be fined up to $20,000 and/or jailed up to a period of one year.

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For people who purchase and use these, they are also committing an offence and if caught they may receive a fine of up to $2,000.

Items which are not allowed will also be confiscated from them.

Image source: Health Sciences Authority

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