Cig smuggling: 2 Indonesians jailed

Two Indonesian men were sentenced to jail yesterday, after they were caught smuggling cigarettes into Singapore.

Bahril, 28, was sentenced to 14 weeks' jail, while Naudin, 26, was sentenced to 10 weeks in prison, 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 that was carrying cargo containers at Brani Terminal on Wednesday.

The amount Bahril had attempted to evade in duty and goods and services tax was $15,423 and that for Naudin $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 in arms and explosives to carry out attacks in Singapore," the authority added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2018, with the headline 'Cig smuggling: 2 Indonesians jailed'. Print Edition | Subscribe