5 cases of contraband cigarette smuggling detected at Woodlands Checkpoint in a week

Duty-unpaid cigarettes were hidden in places such as car door panels and floorboards.
Duty-unpaid cigarettes were hidden in places such as car door panels and floorboards.PHOTOS: FACEBOOK/IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
Duty-unpaid cigarettes were hidden in places such as car boot panels and bumpers.
Duty-unpaid cigarettes were hidden in places such as car boot panels and bumpers.PHOTOS: FACEBOOK/IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - More than 700 cartons of contraband cigarettes were seized by Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at Woodlands Checkpoint between Feb 28 and March 6.

In a Facebook post on Friday (March 8), the ICA said that a total of 707 cartons and 1,187 packets of assorted duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized in five separate incidents over the week.

The cigarettes were found in two Singapore-registered and three Malaysia-registered cars, and were hidden in spare tyre compartments, door panels, fuel tanks, bumpers, backseats, boot panels and floorboards.

Two Singaporean men, two Singaporean women and three Malaysian men were handed over to Singapore Customs, which is conducting further investigations.

The five vehicles involved in the cases are likely to be forfeited, the ICA said.

The authority added in its post that the methods of concealing the duty-unpaid cigarettes are a cause for concern, as they may be used by others with ill intent to smuggle items into Singapore.

"The ICA will continue to conduct security checks to prevent smuggling attempts," the authority said.