Singapore

Metro founder's grandson faces drug charges

A business development manager of property and retail giant Metro Holdings is facing eight drug-related charges.

Ong Jenn, 41, grandson of Metro founder Ong Tjoe Kim and son of former Metro group managing director Jopie Ong, was charged on Nov 1, 2014. His next pre-trial conference is scheduled for Aug 19.

He is accused of conspiring to traffick two blocks of cannabis, weighing 92.68g and 385.1g, with Mohamad Ismail Abdul Majid, who was caught with the drugs at Jurong Port Road on Oct 30, 2014.

The next day, Ong was arrested. Anti-narcotics officers found a vaporiser for inhaling drugs in his car at Ngee Ann City carpark and more cannabis allegedly belonging to him.

Ong's urine allegedly tested positive for a chemical formed in the body after cannabis is consumed.

If found guilty of the four charges of trafficking in Class A controlled drugs, Ong faces a mandatory jail term of five to 20 years, with five to 15 strokes of the cane, per charge.

Ong, who is also founder and director of peer-to-peer retail platform Tompang, can be jailed and fined on the other four charges too.

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