Singapore ICA foils Malaysian smuggler’s attempt to bring 4.7kg of heroin across Woodlands Checkpoint

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore has seized 4.7kg of heroin, with an approximate market value of SGD331,400, at the Woodlands Checkpoint. The drug bust took place last weekend and the smuggler was in a Malaysia-registered car.

ICA officers are always vigilant at Singapore checkposts. Photo courtesy: Instagram/ica_singapore

The stash of narcotics, which could have been sold to hundreds and hundreds of drug addicts, was spotted when the ICA officers carried out a routine check of the car boot. They noticed a large backpack, inside which there was a bundle.

Feeling suspicious, the ICA officers confiscated the bundle, and contacted the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). Upon further investigation, the CNB personnel found 10 bags of heroin, packed together as one big bundle.

The driver of the car, a Malaysian aged 22, was arrested.

The total weight of the smuggled heroin was, according to the ICA, about 4,723g (4.7kg) and it could feed 2,240 abusers for a week.

Following the drug bust, a statement said, “Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore’s security. ICA will continue to work with CNB to prevent attempts to smuggle drugs across our borders. ICA will also continue to conduct security checks at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle undesirable persons, weapons, explosives and other contrabands across our borders.”