SINGAPORE — Drugs were found hidden inside two pumpkins at the residence of a 64-year-old man who was arrested for suspected drug trafficking offences on Monday (3 August).
Each pumpkin was used to conceal about 240g of heroin and about 500 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets respectively, said the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) in a news release on Tuesday.
The bureau said its officers had been deployed in the vicinity of Clementi Avenue 5 on Monday evening to observe the suspect’s activities.
“He was seen bringing a basket, containing vegetables and produce, up a residential block in the vicinity. Officers moved in swiftly to arrest him when he returned to the ground floor with the basket,” said CNB.
During the arrest, about 0.4g of heroin, about 1g of ‘Ice’ and cash amounting to $2,276 were seized from the suspect. Upon searching his residence, which was in the same block, officers found the drugs hidden in the pumpkins. About 0.3g of heroin, about 0.5g of ‘Ice’ and other drug paraphernalia were also seized from the unit.
The total value of the drugs seized is estimated to be about $30,000. Investigations into the suspect’s drug activities are ongoing.
“The total amount of 240g of heroin that had been seized in this operation is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 114 abusers for a week,” said CNB.
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