12,479 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized, largest haul in last five years: ICA

The cigarettes were hidden within a consignment of 16 concrete blocks.
The cigarettes were hidden within a consignment of 16 concrete blocks.PHOTOS: ICA
The Malaysia-registered lorry carrying the concrete blocks.
The Malaysia-registered lorry carrying the concrete blocks.PHOTO: ICA

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.