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19-year-old charged at CNB officer with knife in Clementi; drugs seen being thrown out of window during raids

The teen was among 119 suspected drug offenders arrested in an island-wide operation across Clementi, Geylang, Punggol, Sembawang, Tampines and Woodlands.

Knife seized from 19-year-old suspected drug abuser in Clementi house on 19 February (left) and controlled drugs seized at another CNB operation in Clementi on 21 Februar
Knife seized from 19-year-old suspected drug abuser in Clementi house on 19 February (left) and controlled drugs seized at another CNB operation in Clementi on 21 February (Photos: CNB)

SINGAPORE — A 19-year-old suspected male drug abuser charged towards a Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) female officer with a knife at a recent drug raid in Clementi, the drug enforcement agency said in a news release on Monday (4 March).

The teenager was part of 119 suspected drug offenders arrested in an island-wide anti-drug operation across Clementi, Geylang, Punggol, Sembawang, Tampines and Woodlands, which took place from 19 to 29 February.

The CNB said drugs with an estimated street value of $343,000 were seized, including about 1.9kg of heroin, 390g of "Ice", 453g of cannabis, 8g of ketamine, 2g of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), 82 "Ecstasy" tablets, two Erimin-5 tablets, nine LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) stamps and 1g of cocaine.

What allegedly led to the teenage suspect charging at the CNB officer

In the early morning of 19 February, CNB officers were conducting a search of the 19-year-old's home along Clementi Avenue 4.

While combing through the master bedroom, the teenager — who was hiding behind curtains — suddenly charged towards the female officer with a knife, the CNB said. He was swiftly unarmed, subdued, and arrested by the officers.

The teenager is now under investigation by the police for criminal intimidation and drug offences. A 21-year-old Singaporean man in the same unit, later found to be a friend of the teenager, was also arrested for suspected drug abuse.

Another drug raid in Clementi two days later

Two days later, four Singaporean men, age 58 to 69, were arrested for suspected drug trafficking in a residential unit at Clementi Avenue 2.

According to the CNB, an officer saw items being thrown out of the bedroom window before the arrest.

About 1,788g of heroin, 19g of "Ice", and various drug paraphernalia were scattered at the foot of the block, and were later recovered and confiscated, the CNB said.

Black packages of drugs thrown on grass and walkway in Clementi on 21 February
Black packages of drugs thrown on grass and walkway in Clementi on 21 February (Photos: CNB)

18-year-old girl arrested in Punggol for suspected drug trafficking via Telegram

On 22 February, two Singaporeans, a 23-year-old man and an 18-year-old girl, were arrested at the void deck of a HDB block in Edgefield Plains in Punggol. The duo were suspected of dealing drugs via Telegram.

About 11g of "Ice" was found among the man’s belongings. A search was later conducted at the man’s house in the same block, and 60g of "Ice" and 27 Ecstasy tablets were seized.

A baton and a knuckle duster were also found in the man’s car, while about 3g of "Ice" was confiscated from the girl’s home in Aljunied Crescent.

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, it is an offence to traffic, or offer to traffic a controlled drug. Those found guilty of trafficking more than 15g of diamorphine or “pure heroin” may face the mandatory death penalty, said the CNB. Investigations into all arrested suspects are ongoing.

Last September, a 17-year-old girl was among five arrested for dealing drugs through a chat application.

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