SINGAPORE — Two male drug suspects were arrested earlier this week in connection with a loaded pistol that was found in possession of one of them.
The suspects, aged 24 and 25, were arrested over Tuesday (8 October) and Wednesday in a joint operation by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and Singapore Police Force (SPF), said both agencies in a press release.
Police received information from CNB on Sunday regarding the 24-year-old suspect being in possession of a firearm. With the support of the Special Operations Command, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and CNB mounted a joint operation.
The following day, police and CNB officers arrested the suspect at the void deck of his residential block around Jurong West Street 72. A search of the suspect’s unit led to the firearm being found, although no drugs were recovered.
Investigations found that that a second man – the 25-year-old – was suspected to have knowingly been in the company of the first suspect despite being aware that the latter was in unlawful possession of a firearm. This second man was arrested at around 2.25am on 9 October along Woodlands Street 13.
According to a Straits Times report, the firearm is believed to be a Seahawk pistol that was loaded with four bullets at the time it was discovered. Another four spare bullets were recovered from the suspect’s unit.
The same report said no drugs had been found on the men and that their urine test results are pending.
The first suspect will be charged on Thursday under the Arms Offences Act on one count of unlawful possession of arms, while the other will be charged on the same day for consorting with a person carrying arms.
Those convicted of being in unlawful possession of any arm or ammunition face jail terms of between five and 10 years, and are also liable to receive at least six strokes of the cane. A person convicted of consorting with a person who is in unlawful possession of a firearm is liable to face the same punishments.
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