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									             Singapore                                                                                                                                  today Friday august 5, 2011       27


2.8kg of heroin
found, four nabbed
                                                          S’poreans give S$34m for Japan
                                                                       WayNE CHaN                                                                    pital and repairs at a nursing school,
SINGAPORE — Nearly half a million dollars worth of                waynechan@mediacorp.com.sg          The Singapore Red                              and the purchase of medical beds and
drugs were seized by the Central Narcotics Bureau         SINGAPORE — A multi-purpose hall-           Cross has so far                               vehicles for various health establish-
(CNB) in a 24-hour-long operation that began on           cum-evacuation centre. A temporary                                                         ments in Japan.
Wednesday.                                                hospital. These are among recovery          received about                                      The SRC and Life Community De-
     Four suspected drug traffickers were arrested        projects worth about S$34.4 million         S$34.5 million in                              velopment have also donated 10 mini-
and about 2.8kg of heroin with a street value of more     that will be launched by Singapore to                                                      cars costing S$210,000 to five cities in
than S$419,000 was seized.                                help survivors of the earthquake and        donations from the                             Iwate to help fetch elderly patients from
     The CNB had been tracking one of the suspected       tsunami disasters in Japan’s Tohoku                                                        evacuation shelters to medical facilities
traffickers, a 35-year-old man known to constant-         region.
                                                                                                      public, including                              for treatment.
ly change the location of his drug store to avoid              The Singapore Red Cross (SRC),         S$500,000 from the                                  Mr Yoichi Suzuki, Japan’s Ambassa-
detection.                                                which has been appointed by the Minis-                                                     dor to Singapore, was grateful to Singa-
     The unemployed man had moved his drug store          try of Foreign Affairs as the lead agency
                                                                                                      Singapore Government.                          pore and the SRC for the help rendered,
several times over the past two months.                   to coordinate the Republic’s relief ef-                                                    saying: “Many international organisa-
     He was also known to be supplying heroin to a        forts to Japan, has so far received about   centre in Iwate Prefecture’s Rikuzen-          tions, many Red Cross societies from
45-year-old suspected drug client believed to be a        S$34.5 million in donations from the        takata City. The building, which will          around the world actually have donated
street-level drug pusher.                                 public, including S$500,000 from the        be used by local residents for various         huge amounts of money which we are
     On Wednesday, the suspected drug trafficker          Singapore Government.                       community-related activities, will have        very grateful for.
was spotted leaving a unit, believed to be the drug            The SRC said this is the second-       storage facilities for emergency supplies           “But the Red Cross Society of
store, at Choa Chu Kang Crescent and boarding a taxi.     largest amount it had collected for re-     and equipment as well as a roof-top            Singapore is the only organisation
He returned to the unit later that night. CNB officers    lief efforts and the largest for a single   helipad.                                       among them, actually, to identify
detained him when he left again.                          country.                                         There will also be a temporary            projects, (and) went out all the way to
     In the unit, they recovered from a walk-in-ward-          The largest amount it has collected    care centre costing about S$1 million          Japan to identify specific projects and
robe a metal container with about 2.2kg of heroin.        for disaster relief was S$84 million for    in Iwate’s Miyako City to be completed         place the money in something that will
     The man’s alleged client and two alleged ac-         the victims of the Asian tsunami in         at the end of this year. It will serve about   be of a long-lasting nature, which is
complices — a 34-year-old man and a 27-year-old           2004.                                       1,000 evacuees now living in a tempo-          very unique.”
woman — were later arrested.                                   For Japan, part of the money raised    rary housing development.                           He said this would remain in the
     All four will be investigated for drug trafficking   will be used to build an S$11-million            About S$8.9 million will go towards       affected region as a symbol of friendship
and, if convicted, they will face the death penalty.      multi-purpose hall-cum-evacuation           the reconstruction of a temporary hos-         from Singapore for a long time to come.

								
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