Four Malaysians get jail for involvement in contraband cigarettes
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.