A series of videos posted on Facebook revealed that drugs have been hidden in onions, dried chilli and drink containers, presumably in a drug trafficking activity that was intercepted by the authorities.
Offenders have been finding new ways to smuggle drugs between borders to avoid detection. Seemingly harmless items can be used to contain drugs, and in some cases, traffickers try to get away by asking innocent travellers to hold to their items.
The death penalty, however, does not seem to deter drug trafficking activities totally, in Singapore, Malaysia and Dubai.
On 14 July 2017, Malaysian national Prabagaran Srivijayan was executed for importing 22.24g of heroin into Singapore. He was arrested in 2012 when two packets of drugs were found in his vehicle.
Drug traffickers have also taken advantage of the borderless nature of the internet to sell drugs online, making it easy for anyone to order drugs online. These drugs are then delivered by courier or post.
The number of both drug abusers and traffickers have been steadily rising, with 151 offenses last year, up from 124 in 2015 and 83 in 2014.
In 2016 alone, it was reported that 3,265 drug abusers were arrested in Singapore, with two-thirds of abusers aged below 30 years old.
During an islandwide anti-drug raid on July 17 2017, a total of 87 drug offenders were also arrested. A number of offenders were in their early 20s. The raid included areas such as Boon Lay, Toa Payoh and Geylang, among others, while drugs like Ice, heroin,Yaba tablets, Ketamine and Ecstasy tablets were found.
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