There will be a little less weed in circulation to celebrate 4/20 tomorrow after a Malaysian man was allegedly busted with over 40 kilograms of narcotics in the largest haul of heroin and cannabis in over two decades.
The unidentified 22-year-old man has been charged with trafficking drugs following his Friday arrest near Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, the Central Narcotics Bureau announced today. The seized drugs, some of which were stored in a large duffel bag in the storeroom of a home, were estimated to be worth over S$2.3 million (US$1.7 million). It was enough to supply around 10,000 drug users for a week, according to the bureau.
“The targeted operation on the suspected drug trafficker had prevented a large amount of drugs from being circulated in Singapore, which would have resulted in devastating consequences for our society,” it said in announcing the bust.
The illicit drugs consisted of roughly 17 kilograms of heroin, 24 kilograms of cannabis, 2 kilograms of ice, and 110 ecstasy tablets. Singapore’s last big heroin haul was in 2001, when the authorities found nearly 35 kilograms of smack, according to The Straits Times. In 1996, Singapore seized 33.4 kilograms of cannabis.
The authorities did not explain how they were able to track down the suspect, who allegedly had four bundles of weed on him when he was nabbed in Choa Chu Kang.
The suspect was then taken back to his residence, where officers said they found more drugs in his bedroom and a storeroom, including 20 packets of weed weighing about 20 kilograms in a duffel bag.