5 suspects, together with 72-year-old stateless man, arrested in 1.4kg heroin bust – The Straits Instances
SINGAPORE – A 72-year-old stateless man was arrested on Tuesday (January 14) for suspected drug trafficking after finding 845 g of heroin.
The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) announced on Wednesday (January 15) that four other people – two Malaysians, a Singaporean and a foreigner – were also arrested in the drug bust.
The stateless man was caught on Tuesday after watching a 26-year-old Malaysian and 24-year-old Malaysian meet near a bus stop on Bendemeer Road.
In addition to the 845 g of heroin found, the officers found 13 g of ice and $ 5,350 in cash.
Stateless people in Singapore include permanent residents who have lost their foreign citizenship, children of foreigners who are not recognized in their home country, and those born before Singapore's independence who cannot prove their country of birth.
CNB officials then arrested the Malaysian duo near Geylang Bahru Road and found 422 g of heroin in the man's backpack.
Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of a 64-year-old Singaporean man, who is believed to be related to the Malaysian man, on the empty deck of an apartment block near Jurong East Street 21.
CNB officers found him $ 2,200 in cash.
A fifth suspect, a 55-year-old foreigner, was arrested in the stateless person's hideout near Prome Road. There CNB officials retrieved 10 plastic bags containing 88 g of heroin and other medication from the bedroom.
CNB stated in its statement that securing 1,355 g of heroin could quench the addiction of around 645 offenders for a week. Medications confiscated from the operation are estimated at $ 100,000.
CNB investigates the drug activities of the five suspects arrested.
According to the Substance Abuse Act, anyone who contains more than 15 g of diamorphine or pure heroin could face the death penalty.