On Friday (20 May), Singapore’s anti-narcotics agency announced that it has seized a car that arrived in the republic from Malaysia, carrying almost 18 kilograms of heroin.
The local media in the neighbouring country reported the seizure as Singapore’s biggest haul of its kind in two decades.
According to the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), 3 Malaysian men aged between 23 and 28 were arrested following the inspection of the vehicle at Woodlands Checkpoint last Wednesday.
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This prompted subsequent enforcement operations by CNB, with three suspected drug offenders arrested.
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The driver was detained at the scene, while the other 2 men were arrested the next day.
It was also reported that the Singaporean authorities found 17.7 kg of heroin, 261gm of crystal methamphetamine and 2 grams of ecstasy pills.
The narcotics agency estimated the value of the drugs at SGD1.3 million (≈RM4.1 million) which is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 8,430 heroin abusers and 150 ice abusers for a week.
Singapore’s drug law
Singapore has one of the world’s toughest drug law and the country adopts a zero-tolerance policy for drugs and imposes long jail terms, or the death penalty.
The possession, consumption, manufacturing, import, export, or trafficking of these and other controlled drugs in any amount are illegal.
The trafficking of more than 15 grammes of pure heroin or 250 grammes of methamphetamine can result in the death penalty in Singapore.
On the other hand, those caught with less than the Mandatory Death Penalty amounts of these controlled substances face penalties ranging from caning (up to 24 strokes) to life in prison.
Human rights groups said that hundreds of people have been hanged for drug offences over the past decades, including many foreigners.