Man fined $1,800 for attempting to smuggle 6 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes

One packet of duty-unpaid cigarettes was found hidden inside a shirt belonging to a 56-year-old Malaysian work permit holder.
One packet of duty-unpaid cigarettes was found hidden inside a shirt belonging to a 56-year-old Malaysian work permit holder.PHOTO: IMMIGRATION AND CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
Three packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes were found hidden inside a blanket belonging to the same Malaysian work permit holder.
Three packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes were found hidden inside a blanket belonging to the same Malaysian work permit holder.PHOTO: IMMIGRATION AND CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - A 56-year-old man was fined $1,800 after he was caught attempting to smuggle six packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes at the Woodlands Checkpoint.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday (Oct 9), the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said an officer had detected anomalies in the scanned image of baggage belonging to the Malaysian work permit holder when conducting checks on Sunday.

The officer's suspicions were proven correct when contraband cigarettes were found hidden in a blanket, shirts and a bag compartment.

Pictures posted by the ICA show packets of cigarettes taped to a blanket and a shirt.

ICA said the method of concealment is a cause for concern, as similar methods could be used to smuggle items that can pose a security threat.