Singapore — Authorities in Singapore seized more than 21,000 ‘yaba’ pills worth over $540,000 on Tuesday, and have arrested four suspects in the drug bust, said a joint statement issued by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
The drugs were confiscated at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Tuesday evening about 7:45pm in the largest single seizure of such tablets since 1999, reported The Straits Times.
A 51-year-old Thai national was arrested after ICA officers found the tablets in four black packages concealed behind the glove compartment of a Thai-registered car. ‘Yaba’ is a common street name for the stimulant methamphetamine.
Authorities launched two follow-up operations resulting in the arrest of two Malaysian men and one Singaporean woman between the ages of 35 and 41 in the Jalan Sultan area. They are suspected to be connected to the Thai national and the drugs seized.