ICA officers find 2 possums, duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden in car at Woodlands Checkpoint

ICA officers confiscated two sugar gliders and a cargo of duty-unpaid cigarettes from a car at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Feb 14, 2018. PHOTOS: FACEBOOK/ICA

SINGAPORE - Immigration officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint made a "sweet" find in the early hours of Valentine's Day (Feb 14) - two sugar gliders hidden in an arriving car.

The two animals, which are small, omnivorous, nocturnal gliding marsupials that live in trees, were found inside a pouch.

The officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) also found 44 cartons and 210 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes, hidden inside the dashboard and centre console of the car.

ICA officers referred the driver, a 25-year-old Singaporean man, and the passenger, a 20-year-old Singaporean woman, to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority.

The duty-unpaid cigarettes and vehicle were also handed over to Singapore Customs for further investigation.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, the ICA reminded travellers not to import or keep wild animals as pets.

Under the Animals and Birds Act, it is an offence to bring into Singapore any animals without an import licence.

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