Sunday August 19, 2012
Motorcyclist held for transporting cannabis
A MOTORCYCLIST was detained after Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority officers found a substance suspected to be cannabis hidden in his backpack.
While carrying out random checks at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Friday morning, the officers became suspicious when a 31-year-old male riding a Malaysian-registered motorcycle avoided eye contact with them.
When the officers conducted an inspection of his vehicle, they found nine blocks of brownish vegetable matter, suspected to be cannabis, a controlled drug.
These were hidden in the raincoat pants placed in the backpack.
The blocks weigh about 470gm and is worth more than S$15,000 (RM37,500).
The suspect is currently being investigated for unauthorised importation of a controlled drug.
The minimum penalty for the unauthorised importation of cannabis is 20 years’ imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network