Five-year high in arrests of buyers of duty-unpaid cigarettes

Smugglers have turned to more elaborate methods to conceal duty-unpaid cigarettes, including by hiding them in concrete slabs. The number of peddlers caught increased by 11 per cent to 343 last year.
Smugglers have turned to more elaborate methods to conceal duty-unpaid cigarettes, including by hiding them in concrete slabs. The number of peddlers caught increased by 11 per cent to 343 last year. PHOTOS: SINGAPORE CUSTOMS
Smugglers have turned to more elaborate methods to conceal duty-unpaid cigarettes, including by hiding them in concrete slabs. The number of peddlers caught increased by 11 per cent to 343 last year.
Smugglers have turned to more elaborate methods to conceal duty-unpaid cigarettes, including by hiding them in concrete slabs. The number of peddlers caught increased by 11 per cent to 343 last year. PHOTOS: SINGAPORE CUSTOMS

The number of people caught for buying duty-unpaid cigarettes in Singapore hit a five-year high last year, rising for the second year running.

The latest figures from Singapore Customs showed that 6,115 people were caught for buying illegal smokes last year, an almost 5 per cent increase from the 5,846 caught in 2017.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 25, 2019, with the headline 'Five-year high in arrests of buyers of duty-unpaid cigarettes'. Subscribe