Saturday January 5, 2013
Malaysian found with 1.4kg heroin at Tuas checkpoint
SINGAPORE: Singapore authorities detained a suspected Malaysian drug courier and seized 1.4kg of heroin at the motorcycle arrival lane of the Tuas checkpoint.
The arrest of the 28-year-old man was made possible by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) with help from the Singapore Police Force’s K-9 unit.
In a follow-up operation, CNB officers nabbed two local drug traffickers in connection with the seizure and seized a small amount of heroin and the party drug “ice”.
According to a joint statement by CNB and ICA, a team of ICA officers stopped the motorcyclist at about 7.20am on Thursday for checks.
The ICA officers seized a black bundle concealed below the headlight of the Malaysian-registered machine and notified the CNB officers as the bundle was believed to contain drugs.
CNB officers found four more black bundles below the right and left fairings of the motorcycle. In all, the bundles were found to contain heroin weighing about 1.4kg, and worth about S$160,000 (RM397,000).
The motorcyclist is being investigated for drug importation. Upon conviction, he could face the death penalty under the Misuse of Drugs Act. — Bernama