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Updated: 08/27/2014 14:11 | By Channel NewsAsia

Drug syndicate leader nabbed, drugs worth more than S$103,000 seized

Drug syndicate leader nabbed, drugs worth more than S$103,000 seized


Drug syndicate leader nabbed, drugs worth more than S$103,000 seized

SINGAPORE: The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) captured a suspected drug syndicate leader on Tuesday (Aug 26), in the process seizing about 2.625kg of cannabis and 232 grams of heroin worth a street value of more than S$103,000.

At around 11.30am on Tuesday, officers deployed in Woodlands spotted the 51-year-old syndicate leader meeting with a suspected drug trafficker. Officers placed both under arrest, and recovered 415g of cannabis from the 49-year-old trafficker, according to the CNB media release on Wednesday.

The leader was then brought to Woodlands Avenue 1, where he was believed to have hidden more drugs. 2,210g of cannabis and 232g of heroin were recovered in the various hideouts, CNB said.

Officers than headed to the residence of the suspected drug trafficker, where a small amount of Ice and various improvised drug smoking apparatus were found. A 54-year-old suspected drug abuser was arrested there, while a 55-year-old suspected drug abuser was arrested as he was approaching the residence. All suspects arrested are male Singaporeans.

CNB said investigations are ongoing. Anyone convicted of trafficking in more than 500g of cannabis faces the death penalty.

TEENAGED ABUSERS CAUGHT

In a separate operation on Aug 24, police officers arrested four youths near Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 after one of the youths was found to have a small packet of Ice. The three males and one female are all Singaporeans aged between 14 and 17 years.

Follow-up investigations on the same day saw the CNB nab two suspected drug traffickers aged 24 and 32 near Hougang Avenue 2. They were suspected to have sold drugs to one of the youths arrested, and both are male Singaporeans. Two small packets of Ice were found in the bag of the 24-year-old, CNB said.

Various drug paraphernalia were also recovered from the 24-year-old's residence in Hougang,.

The 24-year-old is being investigated for trafficking Class A controlled drugs to a young person and, if convicted, faces an enhanced penalty of a minimum of 10 years' imprisonment and 10 strokes of the cane. - CNA/kk

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