Singapore: Drugs worth S$69,000 seized at Woodlands Checkpoint

The preliminary investigations have revealed that the two suspected recipients of the drugs were both Singaporean.

Drugs seized at Woodlands Checkpoint on 7 November 2017. CNB

Singapore's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said on Thursday that they have seized drugs worth more than S$69,000 at Woodlands Checkpoint on Tuesday.

In a joint press release, the authorities said that an arriving Malaysia-registered car, driven by a 28-year-old Malaysian man, was directed for further checks by an ICA officer.

ICA and CNB officers found 616g of Ice, 29g of ketamine, 590 Erimin-5 tablets and 20 ecstasy tablets during the course of checks.

The preliminary investigations revealed that the two suspected recipients of the drugs were both Singaporean, aged 28 and 32. On Wednesday, the authorities arrested them in the vicinity of Bedok North Street 1.

CNB officers also uncovered about 10g of Ice, 4g of ketamine, 21 Erimin, 5 tables, 5 ecstasy tablets and other drug paraphernalia from the car that was driven by the 32-year-old man.

Under Misuse of Drugs Act, if a person is convicted of trafficking more than 250g of methamphetamine, he may be sentenced to death. The authorities say that 250g of methamphetamine is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 185 abusers for a week.

According to the authorities, the investigations are still going on.

"Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore's security, and security checks are critical to our nation's security," ICA said in the media release. They assured that the Home Team agencies will continue to conduct checks on passengers and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle in undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contrabands.