3 suspects arrested, 200 vials of fentanyl and other illegal medicines seized

SINGAPORE: Authorities arrested three people for suspected drug actions and seized 200 vials of fentanyl and completely different illegal medicines after detecting anomalies whereas scanning a parcel at Changi Airfreight Centre. 

In a joint assertion on Saturday (Mar 6), the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and the Effectively being Sciences Authority (HSA) acknowledged the parcel arrived from Vietnam and was declared as “medicine”. 

Upon conducting extra checks on Mar 1, ICA officers uncovered 200 vials believed to comprise about 20mg of fentanyl, a Class A managed drug in Singapore. 

As well as they found completely different illegal medicines inside the parcel, along with 3,990 tablets labelled as diazepam, 400 tablets tagged as codeine phosphate, 300 tablets labelled as gabapentin and 40 vials marked as midazolam.

READ: 24 new psychoactive substances listed as Class A managed treatment from December

“Fentanyl is known to be a very potent opioid, approximately 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine,” acknowledged the authorities.

Following the detection, CNB carried out a follow-up operation within the equivalent afternoon inside the neighborhood of Seashore Freeway and arrested the supposed recipient of the parcel, a 30 year-old Singapore eternal resident. 

She was arrested with two completely different Singaporean man, aged 62 and 65, for suspected drug-related offences.

The three suspects have been taken to their hideout, an apartment within the equivalent neighborhood, acknowledged the authorities. 

All through a search of the apartment, HSA seized about 16 litres of cough syrup which have been saved in cannisters and bottles, and higher than 4,500 fashions of unlabelled tablets and medicines. The illegal medicines have a whole street value of about S$9,300. 

Illegal medicines seized in Beach Road
Totally different illicit medicines seized from an apartment inside the neighborhood of Seashore Freeway on Mar 1. (Image: HSA)
Bottles of cough syrup stored in Beach Road apartment
Bottles of cough syrup saved in freezer seized from the apartment inside the neighborhood of Seashore Freeway on 1 March 2021.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the apartment was used to illegally manufacture and store the cough syrup and medicines,” acknowledged the authorities. 

“Instruments used for mixing and rebottling, such as a high-speed industrial blender, funnels and measuring containers, were also seized.”

Instruments used to make cough syrup
Gadgets used to manufacture cough syrup current in an apartment inside the neighborhood of Seashore Freeway on Mar 1. (Image: HSA)

Investigations into the drug actions of the three suspects are ongoing. 

CNB reiterated that fentanyl and its derivatives are listed as Class A managed treatment beneath Singapore’s Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA). 

Fentanyl abuse can lead to nausea, drowsiness, respiratory depress, low blood stress and gradual coronary coronary heart cost.

“Due to its potency, fentanyl abuse brings with it a heightened risk of death as a result of overdosing and there have been many cases in overseas jurisdictions of overdose deaths relating to fentanyl and its derivatives,” acknowledged the authorities.

READ: Misuse of Drugs Act to be amended to increased regulate new psychoactive substances

“The possession, consumption, importation or trafficking of any controlled drug is an offence under the MDA. Singapore adopts a zero tolerance stance in our fight against drug abuse.

“Anybody who’s found to have devoted an offence involving a managed drug shall be dealt with in accordance to the regulation.” 

Anyone found accountable of importing, manufacturing and/or supplying illegal properly being merchandise is also jailed as a lot as 2 years, fined as a lot as S$50,000 or every. 

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