CNB operation finds toddler in care of suspected drug traffickers

CNB operation finds toddler in care of suspected drug traffickers
The toddler (left) rescued by CNB officers in Wednesday’s operation, along with the heroin found in the Joo Chiat hotel room. (PHOTOS: CNB)

Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers rescued a toddler earlier this week amid a series of busts that also led to the arrests of six people suspected of drug offences.

According to a CNB news release on Wednesday (28 February), officers arrested a 33-year-old woman – a suspected drug trafficker – on Monday afternoon in the vicinity of Kinta Road.

She was found carrying 195g of heroin and 27g of “Ice” in her bag, and later led officers to a hideout in Roberts Lane where another 20 “Ecstasy” tablets along with a small amount of heroin and “Ice” were recovered.

During investigations, officers found messages in the suspect’s mobile phone that referred to a baby. The suspect subsequently admitted to being the caregiver for a one-year-old toddler, who was then in the care of two other suspected drug traffickers.

CNB and Singapore Police Force (SPF) officers then mounted a follow-up operation that led to the arrest on Wednesday of the two male suspected traffickers. One of the suspects was a 51-year-old man who was spotted with the toddler prior to his arrest in Joo Chiat.

Another two women – a 38-year-old suspected drug trafficker and a 41-year-old suspected drug abuser – were subsequently arrested at a hotel room in the same area. About 640g of heroin was found the room.

Follow-up investigations led to the arrest of a 34-year-old man, who had booked the hotel room. He was arrested at his residence Riverdale Drive and is being investigated for possible drug trafficking offences.

The CNB said that all suspects arrested are Singaporeans and that the toddler has since been placed in the care of the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s Child Protective Service.

Efforts are also being made to locate the toddler’s biological mother, who is also wanted for suspected drug offences.

“This case clearly highlights the adverse consequences of drugs. The toddler was abandoned by his biological mother and left in the care of a suspected drug trafficker,” said the CNB’s communications division director Sng Chern Hong.

“It was fortunate that our officers were successful in locating the toddler and prevented further harm from being caused to him,” he added.

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