7,000 cartons of cigarettes worth more than $700k seized

The cartons were found concealed beneath the vehicles' floorboards.
The cartons were found concealed beneath the vehicles' floorboards.PHOTOS: ICA

SINGAPORE - More than 7,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes were seized during checks at Tuas arrival checkpoint last Thursday morning (June 28).

Two apparently unladen Malaysia-registered cargo trucks were found to have concealed black polythene boxes filled with duty-unpaid cigarettes beneath their floorboards, said the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority in a statement on Monday (July 2).

The duty and goods and services tax of the confiscated cigarettes add up to about $754,000.

Both drivers, aged 35 and 42, were Malaysian. The cigarettes, vehicles, and both men have been handed over to Singapore Customs for further investigation, ICA added.