6,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes found on lorry at Woodlands Checkpoint

Duty-unpaid cigarettes found concealed among the consignment declared as assorted vegetables.
Duty-unpaid cigarettes found concealed among the consignment declared as assorted vegetables.PHOTO: ICA
A total of 6,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized.
A total of 6,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized.PHOTO: ICA

SINGAPORE - Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers seized 6,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes at Woodlands Checkpoint on Tuesday (Oct 10).

A 47-year-old male Malaysian driver of a Malaysia-registered lorry about to enter Singapore was directed for further checks at the checkpoint at about 6am, according to a press release by ICA on Wednesday (Oct 11).

ICA officers found the stash hidden in a consignment that had been declared to contain assorted vegetables.

The driver, cigarettes and lorry were handed over to Singapore Customs for investigations. The vehicle used in the commission of such offences is liable to be forfeited.

The duty and goods and services tax evaded amounted to $498,192 and $36,744 respectively.

"Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore's security. The security checks are critical to our nation's security," the ICA said.

It will continue security checks on passengers and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent the smuggling in of "undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contraband".

"The same methods of concealment used by contraband smugglers may be used by terrorists to smuggle arms and explosives to carry out attacks in Singapore," the authority warned.