Illegal stash of over 9,000 packets of chewing tobacco uncovered
A total of 9,075 sachets of chewing tobacco were uncovered by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers on Monday morning.
An ICA statement on Tuesday afternoon said that the Malaysian-registered lorry had arrived at the Tuas Checkpoint and went through a radiographic scanner as part of routine checks. In the process, although the lorry was not carrying any cargo, the scanned images suggested otherwise and the lorry was sent for detailed inspection.
The 28-year old Malaysian lorry driver was evasive and appeared nervous while being interviewed, said the ICA spokesman. At the end of ICA officers' checks, a box containing packets of "Hans Chap Scented Khani" chewing tobacco was found hidden in the undercarriage at the back of the lorry, and two carton boxes of that same brand of chewing tobacco hidden inside the driver's cabin.
The chewing tobacco weighed about 82 kg in total, and the total potential Customs duty and GST payable for the tobacco are estimated to be about $19,520 and $1,550 respectively.