Duty-unpaid cigarettes encased in concrete blocks

ICA officers found 12,479 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes encased in concrete blocks in a lorry in Tuas. PHOTOS: IMMIGRATION AND CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY/ FACEBOOK
ICA officers found 12,479 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes encased in concrete blocks in a lorry (above) in Tuas.PHOTO: IMMIGRATION AND CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY/ FACEBOOK
ICA officers found 12,479 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes encased in concrete blocks in a lorry in Tuas. PHOTOS: IMMIGRATION AND CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY/ FACEBOOK
ICA officers found 12,479 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes encased in concrete blocks in a lorry in Tuas. PHOTO: IMMIGRATION AND CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY/ FACEBOOK

A Malaysia-registered lorry was carrying a consignment of 16 concrete blocks, but Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at Tuas Checkpoint on July 27 spotted anomalies.

When they drilled holes in the blocks, they discovered a total of 12,479 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes encased inside.

In a statement yesterday, the ICA said it was the largest haul of duty-unpaid cigarettes uncovered by the authority in the last five years.

The total duty and goods and services tax (GST) evaded amounted to $1,240,430 and $90,590 respectively.

The 25-year-old Malaysian male driver was arrested. The case has been handed over to the Singapore Customs for further investigation.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2019, with the headline 'Duty-unpaid cigarettes encased in concrete blocks'. Print Edition | Subscribe