2 Indonesian men sentenced to 10 and 14 weeks' jail for smuggling 133 cartons of contraband cigarettes

The two men had hidden a total of 133 cartons of contraband cigarettes on a barge carrying cargo containers at Brani Terminal on June 13, 2018.
The two men had hidden a total of 133 cartons of contraband cigarettes on a barge carrying cargo containers at Brani Terminal on June 13, 2018.PHOTO: IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
The two men had hidden a total of 133 cartons of contraband cigarettes on a barge carrying cargo containers at Brani Terminal on June 13, 2018.
The two men had hidden a total of 133 cartons of contraband cigarettes on a barge carrying cargo containers at Brani Terminal on June 13, 2018.PHOTO: IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - Two Indonesian men were sentenced to 10 and 14 weeks of jail on Thursday (June 14), after they were found smuggling contraband cigarettes into Singapore.

Bahril, 28, was sentenced to 14 weeks of jail, while Naudin, 26, was sentenced to 10 weeks of imprisonment, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in a statement.

The two men had hidden a total of 133 cartons of contraband cigarettes on a barge carrying cargo containers at Brani Terminal on Wednesday.

Bahril had attempted to evade about $15,423 in duty and goods and services tax, while Naudin evaded about $1,112, said the ICA.

The cigarettes were uncovered by officers from the ICA and Police Coast Guard in a joint operation at about 1am on Wednesday, the statement said.

The ICA added that it will continue to conduct security checks on passengers and vehicles at checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle in 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 added.