SINGAPORE - A total of 12,479 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were found encased in concrete blocks in a lorry at Tuas Checkpoint, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a statement on Monday (Aug 19).
ICA officers found the cigarettes while conducting checks on the arriving Malaysia-registered lorry on July 27 at about 9am. The lorry was carrying a consignment of 16 concrete blocks.
The officers spotted anomalies in the concrete blocks so they drilled holes and uncovered the cigarettes hidden within.
The 25-year-old male Malaysian driver was immediately arrested and the case was handed over to the Singapore Customs for further investigation.
This is the largest haul of duty-unpaid cigarettes uncovered by ICA in the last five years. The total duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) evaded amounted to $1,240,430 and $90,590 respectively. Investigations are still ongoing.