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Heroin Worth Close to S$163,000 Seized at Tuas Checkpoint, Three Suspected Drug Offenders Arrested

            On 27 August 2020, officers from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF) at Tuas Checkpoint conducted a joint operation at the Arrival Cargo zone. At about 5.40pm, a Malaysia-registered lorry was subjected to further checks and more than 2kg of heroin was discovered. The drugs seized were worth close to S$163,000. The 35-year-old male Malaysian driver and his two male Malaysian passengers (aged 23 and 37) were arrested.

2.         During the course of checks, one of the officers spotted a black backpack on the passenger floorboard, despite prior instructions to the driver and his passengers to remove all their belongings for checks. A search of the bag uncovered five packets of granular substances, believed to be heroin, weighing about 2,321g in total. 

3.         The three Malaysians were arrested and referred to the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). Investigations are currently ongoing. The total amount of 2,321g of heroin is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 1,105 abusers for a week.

4.         Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore’s security. The ICA, SPF and CNB will continue to conduct security checks at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contrabands across our borders.

29 AUGUST 2020


(CNB) Heroin seized from a Malaysia-registered lorry at Tuas Checkpoint on 27 August 2020.