A 32-year-old Muhammad Sufyan Ruslee was sentenced to eight years and nine months’ jail for his role in the ‘drug trafficking trade’ on monday.
According to The Straits Times, Sufyan was also given eight strokes of the cane after he was convicted of one count of drug trafficking under the Organised Crime Act.
Along with three other gang members, the 32-year-old ran a drug delivery business at coffee shop in Geylang between March and June of year 2019.
Sufyan’s role was to pick up the drup daily from a supplier named Yunos. After that, he had to place the drugs in boxes attached to two bicycles parked near the coffee shop in Geylang.
Two other group members, Shafie Osman 41, & Fadilah Haron, 53, would collect the drugs directly from Sufyan or retrieve them from the bicycle boxes. Shafie and Fadilah sold the drug packets to about 20 to 30 customers per day, for about $60 to $70 for each packet, according to ST.
The group sold new psychoactive substances (NPS), including 5-fluoro-MDMB-PICA, a Class A drug, according to Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Chong Kee En. The synthetic cannabinoid, also referred to as “mushroom” or “butterfly,” has effects that are comparable to those of cannabis.
The court was informed that Hermanto Abdul Talib, 45, convinced Sufyan to join the group in March 2019 after he told him that he wanted to earn more money.
Sufyan earned about $20,000 from his involvement in the group’s activities, according to DPP Chong.
The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) raided the Geylang coffee shop on July 16, 2019, as part of an operation targeted at those who were suspected of being involved in the sale of NPS. A total of 60 drug packets were seized. Later that day, officers arrested Sufyan and the other three group members.
According to ST, hermanto was sentenced to 11½ years’ jail, eight strokes of the cane and a fine of $20,000 in September 2021.
Shafie and Fadilah have also been given jail terms, fines and caning. They were convicted of other offences under the Organised Crime Act which were not stated in court documents.
On Monday, Sufyan asked for his sentence to be deferred to Feb 3 next year to settle family matters, which Senior District Judge Ong Hian Sun granted.
Those convicted of trafficking Class A drugs can be jailed for up to 20 years and receive up to 15 strokes of the cane. Those who consume or possess new psychoactive substances can be jailed for up to 10 years and fined up to $20,000.
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