Contraband cigarettes found on boat plying Jurong River; 3 men arrested

Officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and Police Coast Guard found 62 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden in various compartments of the boat during an inspection.
Officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and Police Coast Guard found 62 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden in various compartments of the boat during an inspection.PHOTO: IMMIGRATION AND CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - Three Indonesian men suspected of smuggling contraband cigarettes were arrested on Monday (July 29) after a wooden boat plying the Jurong River was stopped for checks in an operation by the authorities.

Officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Police Coast Guard found 62 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden in various compartments of the boat during an inspection.

The case involving the three suspects, aged between 29 and 61, was referred to the Singapore Customs, ICA said in a Facebook post on Friday (Aug 2).

The operation by ICA and the coast guard was conducted in an effort to step up security checks on vessels plying Singapore's territorial waters.

ICA said it will continue to conduct security checks on passengers and vehicles to prevent smuggling attempts of undesirable people, drugs, weapons, explosives or other contraband items.

"The same methods of concealment used by smugglers may be used by terrorists to smuggle arms and explosives to carry out attacks in Singapore," it added.