3 nabbed, $32k worth of drugs seized at check­point

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Three men have been ar­rested for sus­pected drug traf­fick­ing and 3.2kg of cannabis worth about $32,000 was seized from two cars at the Wood­lands Check­point.

Dur­ing checks at about 11.15pm on Wed­nes­day, Im­mi­gra­tion and Check­points Au­thor­ity (ICA) of­fi­cers found four cling-wrapped bun­dles of sus­pected con­trolled drugs hid­den in a bag in a Malaysia-reg­is­tered car. The bun­dles were found to con­tain 204g of cannabis worth about $2,000.

A 71-year-old male Sin­ga­pore per­ma­nent res­i­dent was ar­rested and handed over to the Cen­tral Nar­cotics Bureau (CNB).

About an hour later, ICA of­fi­cers were check­ing an­other car when they found about 3kg of cannabis wrapped in alu­minium foil in the boot. The cannabis was worth about $30,000.

The driver, 67, and his pas­sen­ger, 38 – both Sin­ga­pore­ans – were ar­rested and handed over to CNB.

Un­der the Mis­use of Drugs Act, those con­victed of traf­fick­ing more than 500g of cannabis may face the death penalty.

In a joint state­ment yes­ter­day, the ICA and CNB said that Sin­ga­pore’s borders are the first line of de­fence in safe­guard­ing the na­tion’s se­cu­rity.

“The Home Team agen­cies will con­tinue to con­duct checks on pas­sen­gers and ve­hi­cles at check­points to pre­vent at­tempts to smug­gle in un­de­sir­able per­sons, drugs, weapons, ex­plo­sives and other con­tra­band,” the state­ment said.

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