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    Jun 30, 2016

    3 nabbed, over $105k of drugs seized

    THREE suspects were arrested and drugs worth more than $105,000 were seized on Tuesday by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).

    The haul consisted of about 2.4kg of cannabis, 150g of Ice and 105 Ecstasy tablets, CNB said in a press release yesterday.

    The operation near Mountbatten Road resulted in the arrest of a suspected drug trafficker and two of his associates.

    Ice and Ecstasy tablets were recovered from a car used by the two drug associates - aged 56 and 26.

    Both are Singaporeans.

    The car they were in was spotted by CNB officers on Tuesday evening near the block where the suspected trafficker stayed.

    The 26-year-old was seen going up the block.

    After leaving the area, they were arrested at the junction of Dunman and Haig roads. A few thousand dollars in cash was found on the 26-year-old.

    The drugs were found between the rear passenger seat and car frame.

    At the same time, CNB officers raided the residence of the suspected trafficker, a 24-year-old Singaporean man.

    A search of the unit recovered about 2.4kg of cannabis, 100 Ecstasy tablets and cash of more than $800.

    Investigations into the drug activities of all the suspects are ongoing. Those who traffic in more than 500g of cannabis can be sentenced to death.

    Claims made about the efficacy of cannabis as a medicine are inconclusive and unproven, CNB said in the release.

    Experts from Singapore's Institute of Mental Health conducted an independent literature review on cannabis, where more than 500 articles from medical journals were studied, CNB added.

    They found that cannabis is harmful and addictive, especially for young people; and that half of the daily users of cannabis develop a dependence on the drug.

    "Cannabis can also cause irreversible damage to a person's brain development," the bureau added.