SINGAPORE – A baby was found during a recent anti-drug operation by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).
The nine-month-old boy was close to his methamphetamine-abusing mother, also known as Ice.
In a Facebook post Friday, June 24, CNB said the woman was the only person caring for the child.
“The living conditions were squalid and paraphernalia of drug use were found in the open,” the post said.
“Such scenes, while rare in Singapore, are a stark reminder that those who traffic drugs destroy lives.”
The baby was then brought back to the police station by officers who then provided basic necessities like powdered milk.
He has since been handed over to the Ministry of Social and Family Development as the perpetrator’s parents cannot care for him, while the perpetrator will be committed to the drug rehabilitation center, CNB said.
A photo from the scene shows a mattress on the floor of the unit, with trash, bottles and drug paraphernalia strewn about.
An empty rocking baby sits in the corner.
The number of drug addicts arrested last year fell to 2,724 from 3,056 arrested in 2020. But CNB said that was likely due to restricted social interactions resulting from Covid-19 measures.
About 34% of those arrested were new drug users, 76% of whom were caught abusing methamphetamine.
The proportion of new drug users remains a concern for CNB, which said it will continue to work closely with the community to keep Singapore drug-free.
In an island-wide operation in July last year, CNB officers arrested 104 suspected drug offenders and seized drugs with an estimated value of over $198,000.
Three very young children were also found during the operations and near the suspected places of illegal drug use or activity.
The children were then placed in the care of their relatives. One of them was a 10 month old baby girl.
A CNB agent present at the scene had then prepared milk for the child.
“As a father of two girls, I instinctively knew the baby needed to drink milk when I saw him crying,” he said.
“It saddens me to see such innocent victims being raised in such an environment. This is why CNB officers are motivated to give our best in our work.”