Singaporean authorities confiscated more than 20.5 kilograms of cannabis in the biggest haul in 14 years in the city-state, which has one of the world’s toughest drug laws and remains resistant to medical marijuana.
The Central Narcotics Bureau seized the marijuana along with packets of heroin, crystalline methamphetamine as well as Ecstasy and Erimin-5 tablets with a street value estimated close to S$1.7 million ($1.3 million), according to a statement. Three Singaporeans were arrested and investigations are ongoing.
“The total amount of drugs seized in the operation is sufficient to feed 3,950 heroin abusers, 3,700 ‘Ice’ abusers and 2,930 cannabis abusers for a week,” the bureau said in a statement on Thursday.
Singapore has a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drugs with long jail sentences for users and capital punishment for traffickers. Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, offenders found illegally trafficking more than 500 grams of cannabis could face the death penalty.