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2 suspects first to be caught for NPS-related offences

Two men have become the first to be caught for suspected offences related to New Psychoactive Substances (NPS).

SINGAPORE: Two men have become the first in Singapore to be caught for suspected offences related to New Psychoactive Substances (NPS).

The designer drugs have been made illegal and now carry the same penalties as controlled drugs like methamphetamine and heroin.

The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said on Saturday that the two male Singaporeans, aged 22 and 23, were arrested on Friday evening at a shopping centre in Tampines.

About 71.7 grammes of synthetic cannabis were found on them.

CNB said the 22-year-old suspect is believed to have been trafficking in synthetic cannabis.

After he was arrested, CNB officers raided his residence and recovered another 22.3 grammes of synthetic cannabis.

He is being investigated for trafficking in a controlled drug.

If found guilty, he could face a minimum of five years' imprisonment and five strokes of the cane. 

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