SINGAPORE - More than 200 cartons and 2,000 packs of contraband cigarettes were seized by Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers in two separate cases at Woodlands Checkpoint around Tuesday midnight (July 3).
The duty and goods and services tax of the confiscated cigarettes amounted to almost $46,000, the ICA said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
The cigarettes were found at the bumpers of both cars, and in the dashboard and side panel of one of the cars.
In the first case, a 32-year-old Singaporean man was driving back to Singapore with his family when ICA officers stopped him for checks around 11.50pm.
The second car, driven by a lone 32-year-old Singaporean man, was stopped by officers when it drove by three hours later.
Officers seized a total of 267 cartons, 2,340 packets and a packet of nine sticks of duty-unpaid cigarettes from the cars.
The cases have been referred to Singapore Customs for further investigations.
Buying, selling, conveying, delivering, storing, keeping, having in possession or dealing with duty-unpaid goods are serious offences under the Customs Act and the GST Act.
Those convicted can be fined up to 40 times the amount of duty and GST evaded, and/or jailed for up to six years.
Repeat offenders caught with more than 2kg of tobacco products will also face imprisonment.