The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) detained three alleged Singaporeans of a drug operation. Local authorities seized illegal drugs valued at over $726,000 and a $40,000 cash.
Singaporean Authorities Nabbed Illegal Drugs
Law enforcement police raided a private residential unit located in the Serangoon Road area. This is where they captured the three Singaporean men aged 21, 28, and 31 who will face imprisonment. The authorities found almost nine kilos of drugs during the raid, including 2,161 grams of methamphetamine. Other illegal drugs include around 3,795 grams of marijuana, 4,887 Erimin No. 5 pills, and more than 774 grams of Ecstasy.
Additionally, they confiscated 474g of heroin, 167 grams of ketamine, 220 grams of cocaine, and over $40,000 in cash and some luxuries. According to CNB, police investigation is ongoing with regard to the suspects’ drug and financial engagements.
The amount of seized methamphetamine and marijuana is enough to feed the addiction of around 540 users and 1,230 users respectively in a week.
“Drug syndicates and traffickers are motivated by greed and will capitalize on the addiction and misery of drug abusers for profit. To them, drug abusers are ‘revenue streams’ to cultivate and exploit, and they do not care that their actions are at the expense of innocent others such as the children or loved ones of the drug abusers,” said Leon Chan, Assistant Commissioner and CNB deputy director.
Penalties for Drug Trafficking
According to Section 5 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, it is an offense for a person to traffic in a controlled drug. Any individual perpetrates this transgression if he carries illegal drugs to use or sell.
Moreover, convicted drug traffickers can expect to deal with imprisonment of between 20 to 30 years. The offender will also endure 15 cane strokes for carrying large quantities of the following illegal drugs:
Likewise, the individual(s) will face the death penalty when proven to carry more than the allowed quantities of drugs. A person shouldn’t possess illegal drugs such as more than half a kilo of cannabis and over 250 grams of methamphetamine. Other drugs include opium that mustn’t exceed 1,200 grams and 500 grams of cocaine. First-time drug trafficking offenders will have punishments.
Those who carry Class A drugs will have a minimum of five-year imprisonment and five cane strokes. The maximum penalty is 20 years of prison and 15 cane strokes. Class A drugs include ecstasy, heroin, cocaine, magic mushrooms, lysergide, amphetamines (injection), and crack cocaine.
Class B drugs will have the drug trafficker imprisoned for a minimum of 3 years and cane strokes of three. The maximum punishment, on the other hand, is 20 years of imprisonment accompanied by ten cane strokes. These drugs include methamphetamine, amphetamines, codeine, and barbiturates.
The law imposes a minimum of two-year imprisonment and two strokes of the cane for offenders carrying Class C drugs. Their maximum imprisonment can take two years and have two strokes of the cane. Class C drugs include methylphenidate (Ritalin), Cannabis, anabolic steroids, valium, γ-hydroxy butyrate (GHB), temazepam, and ketamine.
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