Foreigners, expats arrested in drug raid: 11 charged

SECURITY guards at Oxley Gardens kept a special watch on a particular second-floor apartment after neighbours complained of excessive noise in the usually quiet estate. 

Security manager Dhana Velaan, 45, also suspected some underhand activity and was on the lookout for a reason to call the police. 

But the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) already had the estate under surveillance.  

And in a drug bust on Tuesday night, CNB officers arrested a woman believed to be the leader of a foreign drug syndicate, as well as her boyfriend, after they left the Oxley Gardens apartment in a taxi. 

On Thursday, Dhana said: “I had already marked them and I told residents to be patient, and that if they made a wrong move we would catch them. But, too bad, the CNB was watching them.” 

The CNB arrested 14 people, mostly foreigners, in a large sting operation. 

Eleven of the 14 – two Britons, a Japanese, seven Thais and a Singaporean – were charged in a district court with either trafficking, consuming or possessing drugs. 

The bust came more than a year after a high-profile case involving several expatriates charged and convicted in court for using illegal drugs. 

British management consultant Lionel Rudolf Zupancich, 45, was charged with trafficking after he was allegedly found in possession of 6.98g of a powdery substance believed to be cocaine near a hotel in Rochor Road.  

He was also allegedly carrying 3.71g of a crystalline substance believed to be ketamine. 

District Judge Danielle Yeow allowed the prosecution’s application to remand him in custody until Monday for investigations to be completed. 

Another Briton, construction supervisor Jason Taylor, 33, was offered bail of S$20,000 (RM44,800), after being charged with possessing a small packet of cocaine in a taxi along Penang Road. 

The only Singaporean charged was contractor Kay Kok Chye, 43, who faces two drug trafficking charges. He is accused of selling Ice and five Ecstasy tablets. 

None of the accused could raise bail on Thursday. – The Straits Times / Asia News Network  

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