Officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) arrested three 14-year-old and two 16-year-old teenagers for suspected drug trafficking.
Three of them are 14-year-old boys, while the other two are a boy and a girl, both aged 16.
About 226g of cannabis, estimated to be worth close to S$7,000, food products believed to be infused with cannabis, and drug utensils were seized.
The five teenagers are students from local and international schools.
Arrest of two 16-year-old teenagers
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers detected a parcel containing suspected drug paraphernalia.
The case was referred to CNB for further investigations.
In a follow-up operation, CNB officers arrested a boy and a girl, both aged 16, for suspected drug trafficking offences in the vicinity of Bukit Batok Street 21.
About 59g of cannabis and various drug paraphernalia were seized from the girl’s home.
Arrest of three 14-year-old youths
A 14-year-old teenage boy, accompanied by his father, surrendered about 115g of cannabis at a neighbourhood police post.
The 14-year-old youth was later escorted to his place of residence, where about 52g of cannabis and food products believed to be infused with cannabis were seized.
In a follow-up operation, CNB officers arrested two more 14-year-old boys for suspected drug trafficking, one in the vicinity of Clementi Road and the other in the vicinity of Serangoon Road.
CNB officers also recovered food products believed to be infused with cannabis from a residential block in the vicinity of Serangoon Road.
Investigations into the drug activities of all the suspects are ongoing.
CNB said in its media release that there is well-founded and strong research that has shown short-term and long-term adverse effects associated with cannabis use, including cognitive impairments to youth abusers’ developing brains.
These findings corroborate with Singapore’s position that cannabis should remain an illicit drug, CNB added.
Lim Fung Suan, director of Enforcement Division Sector 2, said: “CNB stands firm in our belief that everyone in Singapore should have the right to live in an environment free from the scourge of drugs. We urge parents to partner us to keep our young ones safe."
Members of the public can contact the CNB hotline at 1800-325-6666 for advice and assistance if they are worried that their children may be involved with drugs.
Those who have drug-related information can make a report to CNB by calling 1800-325-6666 or at https://www.eservices.cnb.gov.sg/feedback.
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