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.