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Four Malaysians get jail for involvement in contraband cigarettes

Published on Jan 16, 2014 9:29 AM

Four Malaysians were sentenced to jail for their involvement in contraband cigarettes.

They were arrested on Jan 11 by Singapore Customs officers and contraband cigarettes valued at S$1.4 million were seized. The duty and Goods and Services Tax evaded exceeded S$1.1 million. This is the third largest seizure of contraband cigarettes since 2009.

Singapore Customs and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a joint statement that they worked together to conduct checks on a 12m container when it arrived at the Tanjong Pagar Scanning Station on Jan 10. The checks revealed duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden in 16 pallets of board partitions.

The pallets were tracked as they were transported to a warehouse at Soon Lee Street where three men - Mogan Ayawoo, 37; Kasidesan Ramansantiran, 26; and Manirajan Abimanan, 25 - were seen moving the pallets into a unit.

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