Four Singaporeans have been arrested for their suspected involvement in drug activities, which involved the use of an unmanned aircraft.
A total of 389g of 'Ice', 8g of heroin, 195 'Ecstacy' tablets and two Erimin-5 tablets, estimated to be worth at least S$44,000, were seized.
The men allegedly used the drone to import drugs from Malaysia
According to a joint news release by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), the police detected unusual unmanned aircraft activity near Kranji Reservoir park on June 17, 2020, at about 5.45pm.
Police officers from Woodlands Police Division were dispatched to investigate, where they found an unmanned aircraft, with a bag attached to it, hovering in the air at Kranji Reservoir Park.
Two men, aged 29 and 34, who were believed to be the operators of the said unmanned aircraft, were subsequently arrested.
The unmanned aircraft and a black bag were also retrieved by the police.
According to preliminary investigations, the bag contained about 278g of 'Ice', which is a controlled drug.
A subsequent search by CNB officers of one of the men's car parked in the vicinity of Kranji Reservoir Park revealed an assortment of other controlled drugs, including 35g of 'Ice', 8g of heroin, and 195 'Ecstacy' tablets.
The two men were suspected to have operated the unmanned aircraft from Singapore, to import drugs from Malaysia.
According to the flight data retrieved from one of the suspect's phone, the unmanned aircraft had flown from Kranji to Johor Bahru, and back again to Kranji on the same day.
Two others were arrested in a follow-up operation
On June 18, 2020, another man and woman were arrested in a follow-up operation conducted by CNB.
The 24-year-old woman was a suspected drug abuser, and was arrested in the vicinity of a private housing estate at Marne Road.
The 40-year-old man was a suspected drug trafficker, and was arrested shortly after, in a unit within the private housing estate.
CNB officers had to resort to forced entry to enter the unit, as the man refused to open the door.
A total of about 76g of 'Ice', two Erimin-5 tablets and cash amounting to S$13,230 were found within the unit.
Two men have been charged
Investigations are ongoing.
The 29 and 34-year-old men have been charged on June 19, 2020, with trafficking Class A controlled drugs.
According to the joint release, the 389g of 'Ice' seized in these operations is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 220 abusers for a week.
Top image via CNB.