Latest news on synthetic drugs - May 2017


May 2017 – Singapore: U-47700 and four more NPS listed as Class A controlled drugs

As of 1 May 2017, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) of Singapore has incorporated five NPS, including the synthetic opioid U-47700 and four synthetic cannabinoids (5F-MN-24, MDMB-CHMICA, NM-2201 and THJ-018) in the national list of Class A controlled drugs of the Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA). Nine additional NPS were added to the Fifth Schedule of the MDA, which places them under temporary control in Singapore. U-47700 was already placed under international control (Schedule I of the Single Convention on Narcotics Drugs 1961) earlier this year by a decision of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

According to the recently released annual report of the CNB, more than 3.5 kg of NPS plus 4,000 tablets containing NPS were seized over the last two years. In 2016, seizures of more than 1,100 tablets containing NPS were recorded, a decrease of more than 60% compared to 2015.

For more information, please see:

CNB – Current News: Misuse Of Drugs Act

CNB Annual Statistics Release for 2016: Overview of Singapore’s Drug Situation in 2016:

EWA news clip on “UNODC: Ten substances "scheduled" at the 60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs” –

EWA news clip on “UNODC: Commission on Narcotic Drugs decision on international control of U-47700 and Butyrfentanyl enters into force” –


May 2017 – Philippines: More than 600 kg of crystalline methamphetamine seized in Valenzuela

On May 26, 2017, the Bureau of Customs of the Philippines seized 604 kg of crystalline methamphetamine in two warehouses in Valenzuela City through joint operations between several national authorities of China and the Philippines. Estimated at USD 130 million, the drug was trafficked from Xiamen, China, and 13 people were arrested, 12 Chinese and 1 Filipino.

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May 2017 – Thailand: Nearly 2 million methamphetamine tablets seized together with other drugs in Thailand

According to a media release from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) of Thailand, a total of 1,874,000 methamphetamine tablets, 1 kg of crystalline methamphetamine, and 2 kg of ketamine were seized in Samut Sakhon province, located in the vicinity of Thailand. One Thai national was arrested. The origin of the seized drugs is not known.

Photo copyright ©: NSB, Thailand

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May 2017 - Singapore: Joint investigation with Malaysia led to dismantling of drug trafficking group

On 6th May, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) of Singapore and the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) of the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) initiated joint investigations, which led to seizures of 64 kg of crystalline methamphetamine, 61.5 kg of ketamine, and nearly 24,000 ‘ecstasy’ tablets. Two Singaporeans and four Malaysians were arrested for a related offence. Investigations are ongoing.

Photo copyright ©: NCID, Malaysia

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