SINGAPORE: Separate operations conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) in late July led to the arrest of two suspected drug traffickers with hideouts in Woodlands Link and Paya Lebar Road in MacPherson.
In a news release issued on Saturday (Jul 30), CNB said it also arrested five other suspects and seized about 7.5kg of heroin worth more than S$525,000.
The first of the drug-related arrests took place on Wednesday (Jul 27) morning. After observing him for some time, officers arrested a 50-year-old suspected drug trafficker in Chai Chee, along with a 52-year-old Singaporean man he met there, as well as a 60-year-old suspected drug client he had met at Tampines Street 21 earlier.
CNB said a 48-year-old suspected drug abuser was also arrested when officers raided the 60-year-old's unit in Tampines.
From these arrests, authorities recovered 2.52kg of heroin, a small amount of Ice and S$6,200 worth of cash. When officers raided the hideout of the suspected trafficker later in Woodlands Link, they found and seized two Erimin-5 tablets, more Ice and heroin.
Instant noodle packaging material, similar to that used to wrap the drugs found on the 52-year-old and 60-year-old, was also recovered.
Heroin hidden in instant noodle packaging. (Photo: Central Narcotics Bureau)
The second CNB raid happened on Friday night (Jul 29) in MacPherson near Circuit Road, this time leading to the arrest of a 56-year-old suspected drug trafficker.
A 36-year-old Malaysian man he met was also arrested, along with a 28-year-old Malaysian woman he was earlier observed with. About 1kg of heroin was recovered from the suspected trafficker, while the woman was found carrying S$6,500 in cash.
A raid on the suspected trafficker's hideout at Paya Lebar Road led to the seizure of 4kg of heroin, some of which was concealed in heat-sealed food packaging. There, authorities also recovered more than S$7,200 in cash, as well as foreign currency.
The heroin seizure in this operation - worth about S$350,000 - is the largest yet for 2016, said CNB.
Investigations into the drug activities of all suspected drug offenders are ongoing.