7 arrested for attempting to smuggle cigarettes
Seven people - five Singaporeans and two Indonesians - were arrested on Saturday night for attempting to smuggle 22,900 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes into the country, said the police on Sunday.
The smugglers had dumped boxes of the cigarettes, wrapped in black plastic bags, into the water near Sungei Jurong bridge. At the same time, their accomplices went into the sea from shore to retrieve the boxes. They were attempting to smuggle about $240,303 worth of cigarettes.
When officers from the Police Coast Guard and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) moved in to apprehend the smugglers, they fled in all directions but were ultimately caught. The seven are aged between 24 and 52 years old, said the police.
"The success of this joint operation reaffirms our strong resolve and determination against any illegal activities in Singapore waters," said the Acting Commander of Police Coast Guard, deputy assistant commissioner Lee Su Peng. "It is also a stern reminder to those who are inclined to crime that it does not pay to violate the integrity of our waters. We take a serious view on illegal smuggling activities and we will act swiftly to bring them to justice."