ICA seizes more than 7,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes at Woodlands Checkpoint

More than 7,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Sept 15, 2016.
More than 7,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Sept 15, 2016.PHOTO: IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
Contraband cigarettes were hidden in a consignment of thermalrock.
Contraband cigarettes were hidden in a consignment of thermalrock.PHOTO: IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - A Malaysian lorry driver was arrested for attempting to smuggle more than 7,000 cartons of cigarettes into Singapore, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said.

A Malaysia-registered lorry was directed for inspection at the Woodlands Checkpoint at around 5.20am on Thursday (Sept 15).

It was ostensibly carrying about 3.7 tonnes of thermalrock, which is a building material used for insulation.

But ICA officers found 7,149 cartons and 1,421 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden within the consignment of goods.

The 41-year-old Malaysian driver is under investigation. The contraband cigarettes and vehicle were handed over to Singapore Customs.

The potential duty on the cigarettes is about $576,960, while the and Goods and Services Tax is estimated to be $57,650.

The vehicle could be forfeited.