Police bust drug ring, 23 arrested


POLICE have broke up a drug ring in Singapore, arresting three people for allegedly trafficking narcotics and detaining 20 of their clients, including a British magazine editor. 

In total, 23 people were arrested, including two Britons, a Frenchman, a Sri Lankan, a Malaysian and a Dutchman who is now a resident here, Central Narcotics Bureau spokeswoman Dawn Sim said yesterday. 

Eight of those arrested, including four foreigners, have already been charged with either trafficking or possession of illegal narcotics, Sim said. 

Authorities on Thursday seized 64gm of cocaine, 5.1gm of methamphetamine, 29.1gm of marijuana and 52 Ecstasy pills. 

The syndicate's Singaporean ringleader, along with 35-year-old Tunisian Guiga Lyes Ben Laroussi and his girlfriend have been charged with trafficking, Sim said. 

All three face execution. Also held were 20 of the syndicate's customers. 

Frenchman Francois Mermilliod, Sri Lankan Jeremy Shanmugam and British magazine editor Nigel Bruce Simmonds, who allegedly purchased amphetamines from the Tunisian, were all charged with possession of narcotics on Friday, Sim said. – AP  

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