Five of 15 youngsters nabbed in 18-hour blitz

THEY were nabbed for drug offences during an 18-hour islandwide blitz last month.

Yesterday, the five young people, aged between 16 and 24, were charged in court.

They were among the 15 youngsters – most of whom are expat students in international schools here – who were arrested during the operation by the Central Narcotics Bureau on Sept 6 and 7.

By turns nervous and nonchalant, they took their turns in the dock before streaming out of the Subordinate Courts separately after speaking to their lawyers. All were accompanied by family members.

Two other young people arrested in the same blitz were charged on Wednesday.

Stefano Giuseppe Nicosia, 17, an American, faces two drug consumption charges and one charge of possessing utensils for drug consumption.

He was arrested at an apartment at Mount Sophia Road on the night of Sept 6.

Swiss national Patrick Brandli, 25, faces one charge each of drug consumption, drug possession and having utensils for drug consumption when he was nabbed at a house at Conway Circle, in Serangoon Gardens, on the morning of Sept 7.

Some of the youngsters – the youngest a 13-year-old expat student and the oldest a 25-year-old international student at a local university – are friends who may have abused drugs together.

A Singapore permanent resident, Selvam V Katorain, 37, was also rounded up during the drug bust.

His Singaporean associate was arrested in an apartment in the city area.

Selvam was charged in court on Sept 8 for having in his possession for trafficking some 22g of vegetable matter believed to be cannabis.

If convicted, he can be jailed 20 years and given 15 strokes of the cane.

If convicted, each of the young people can be jailed up to 10 years and fined $20,000 on each drug consumption and possession charge.

via : asiaone

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