Over 7,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes seized

More than 7,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes were seized from two cargo trucks at the Tuas arrival checkpoint, on June 28, 2018.
More than 7,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes were seized from two cargo trucks at the Tuas arrival checkpoint, on June 28, 2018.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

More than 7,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes were seized from two cargo trucks at the Tuas arrival checkpoint, on June 28, 2018.
More than 7,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes were seized from two cargo trucks at the Tuas arrival checkpoint, on June 28, 2018.PHOTO: IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

More than 7,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes were seized during checks at the Tuas arrival checkpoint last Thursday morning.

Two apparently unladen Malaysia-registered cargo trucks were found to have concealed black polythene boxes filled with duty-unpaid cigarettes beneath their floorboards, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority in a statement yesterday. The duty and goods and services tax of the confiscated cigarettes totalled about $754,000.

Both drivers, aged 35 and 42, are Malaysian. The cigarettes, vehicles and both men have been handed over to Singapore Customs for further investigation, the authority added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2018, with the headline 'Over 7,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes seized'. Print Edition | Subscribe