Chewing tobacco found hidden under curry puffs in van at Tuas Checkpoint

ICA officers discovered 7,500 sachets of chewing tobacco hidden beneath curry puffs on June 29, 2019.
ICA officers discovered 7,500 sachets of chewing tobacco hidden beneath curry puffs on June 29, 2019.PHOTO: IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - More than 7,000 sachets of chewing tobacco were found hidden inside boxes of curry puffs at Tuas Checkpoint last Saturday (June 29).

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that its officers had stopped a Malaysia-registered van that was heading towards Singapore for further checks.

The van carried a consignment that was declared as curry puffs, but 7,500 sachets of chewing tobacco were found hidden beneath the pastries.

The case, which involved a 32-year-old male Malaysian driver and a 30-year-old male Malaysian passenger, was referred to the Health Sciences Authority for follow-up action, said ICA.

Various ways of smuggling items into Singapore have been uncovered by ICA recently.

Last week, about 30kg of duty-unpaid loose tobacco was found during a baggage check at Changi Airport Terminal 2. The tobacco had been disguised as Chinese tea leaves.

The week before, a refrigerated container that was declared as containing fresh cabbages and potatoes at the Pasir Panjang Scanning Station was found to contain bottles of duty-unpaid beer instead.

In March, 10 game machines containing a total of 6,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized by ICA officers after it was discovered that the interior of the machines was hollow.