86 arrested in Singapore drug bust — The authorities in Singapore have arrested 86 alleged offenders in the first major island-wide drug bust of the year, according to reports.
The operations were carried out from January 7th through the 10th, which resulted in authorities seizing over S$39,000 worth of an assortment of illegal drugs.
Among the drugs seized in the three-day crackdown were some 304 grammes of heroin, over 30 grammes of crystal methamphetamine (“Ice”), and 10 grammes of cannabis. Also confiscated was some ketamine, and some Ecstasy and Erimin5 tablets.
A part of the operations included a Wednesday raid on a dwelling at Hougang Avenue 8, in which a 48-year-old man was arrested.
In that raid, authorities seized some 52 grammes of heroin estimated to have a street value worth over S$5,000. Also seized was cash amounting to S$2,650, which was believed to be illicit proceeds from drug sales, according to Channel News Asia report.
If convicted, the 48-year-old man could face at least five years imprisonment and five strokes of the cane.
In a statement released on Friday, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said investigations on all 86 suspects arrested are on-going.
The CNB said the police also participated in the operation, which covered various locations including Ang Mo Kio, Woodlands, Beach Road, Bendemeer, Choa Chu Kang, Jurong, Clementi, and Hougang.
Singapore has some of the strictest drug laws in Asia. According to Amnesty International, Singapore has hanged hundreds of people over the past two decades for narcotics-related offences, including dozens of foreigners, say reports.
But even with its harsh laws, drug-related crime in Singapore remains high, and the number of drug seizures in recent years has continued to increase. Indeed, the Central Narcotics Bureau reported record seizures in 2012, with a total estimated street value of S$18.3 ($14.7 million).