Police Make Drug Arrests at Singapore Zoo

SINGAPORE ~ Singapore’s zoo has cancelled a popular show for tourists after 10 of its Malaysian workers were arrested on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking, zoo officials said.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, all cultural performances at Night Safari have been suspended until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience caused,” its website said.

The Night Safari, part of the Singapore Zoo, claims to have been visited by more than 11 million people since it opened in 1994. It is located close to the Malaysian border.

The drugs crackdown was triggered by the arrest of three Malaysians in a taxi at the border crossing on Sunday.

They were part of a performance troupe that entertained visitors to the Night Safari with mock tribal dances, blowpipe-shooting demonstrations and fire-breathing stunts.

The three were found carrying a variety of drugs, including cannabis, ketamine and “ice,” a concentrated form of methamphetamine, a spokeswoman from the Central Narcotics Bureau said.

The discovery led to the arrest of three Singaporeans who do not work for the zoo at its car park, and another seven Malaysian workers at their dormitories in the complex, she added.

One Malaysian and one Singaporean have been charged with drug importation and trafficking and face a minimum sentence of five years’ jail and five strokes of the cane if convicted, she said.

Drug trafficking is punishable by hanging in Singapore if the amounts carried by a suspect exceed certain limits specified by law.

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