CNB officer & former colleague jailed for swapping urine samples to help drug offender test negative

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Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officer Abdul Rahman Kadir and former officer Muhammad Zuhairi Zainuri were each convicted in September 2022 on one count of engaging in a conspiracy to intentionally obstruct the course of justice.

The men were sentenced on Thursday (Nov. 24), The Straits Times (ST) reported.

Abdul Rahman, 46, is still working for CNB, but has since been suspended. He was sentenced to two years' jail.

CNB told ST that it will start disciplinary proceedings against him, following his conviction. This will be carried out with a view to dismiss him from service.

The other man, Zuhairi, 36, resigned from CNB in February 2022. He was sentenced to one year and 10 months' jail

Mohamed Hafiz Lan, a third officer linked to the case, was sentenced to 18 months' jail in August 2020, according to a previous report by ST

He pleaded guilty to a similar charge previously.

What transpired?

In their previous submissions, seen by Mothership, Deputy Public Prosecutors Alan Loh and Thiagesh Sukumaran stated that CNB officers Rahman and Zuhairi chose "convenience over integrity" with their actions.

The conspiracy was motivated by a desire to avoid wasting time on what Zuhairi called "unnecessary paperwork" in dealing with the offender in question, Maung Moe Min Oo.

Maung, a 32-year-old Singaporean, was detained together with a Thai woman at the Woodlands Checkpoint for suspected drug consumption on Aug. 15, 2018, at around 11pm.

Maung knew that he would fail his drug test due to his consumption of methamphetamine beforehand.

Maung was a drug offender who had been sent to a drug rehabilitation centre (DRC) previously, and was aware that if his urine tested positive for drugs again, he would be sent to the DRC for the second time.

He feared that if this happened, his wife would leave him, and he would lose custody of his two children.

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