December 8, 2005

Singapore says 13 foreigners arrested in drug bust

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore police said on Thursday
they had arrested 13 foreigners -- including British, American,
Japanese, Thai and Malaysian nationals -- and a Singaporean for
drug offences.

Singapore's Central Narcotics Bureau said in a statement on
its Web site that it had arrested a total of 14 people in a
series of raids on Tuesday.

It said the raids uncovered drugs, including cocaine and
cannabis, with a total street value of over S$9,400.

Singapore has some of the world's toughest laws against
drugs. Last week, a 25-year-old Australian drug trafficker was
executed in Singapore, sparking protests in Australia against
the death penalty.

Police said that among the three Britons detained on
Tuesday were a 30-year-old company director and a 45-year-old
management consultant. A 31-year-old American executive was
also arrested together with a 44-year-old Japanese company

Seven Thais and a Malaysian were also arrested.

In October 2004, the Central Narcotics Bureau conducted a
series of raids that led to the arrest of 23 people including
an editor at Singapore Tatler and a celebrity chef.