Two men arrested, 1,600 cartons of contraband cigarettes seized in operation on Wednesday

Authorities arrested two men and seized more than 1,600 cartons of contraband cigarettes in an operation on July 18, 2018.
Authorities arrested two men and seized more than 1,600 cartons of contraband cigarettes in an operation on July 18, 2018.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SINGAPORE CUSTOMS
Authorities arrested two men and seized more than 1,600 cartons of contraband cigarettes in an operation on July 18, 2018.
Authorities arrested two men and seized more than 1,600 cartons of contraband cigarettes in an operation on July 18, 2018.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SINGAPORE CUSTOMS

SINGAPORE - Authorities arrested two men and seized more than 1,600 cartons of contraband cigarettes in an operation on Wednesday (July 18).

The duty and goods and services tax (GST) evaded amounted to more than $160,800.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Singapore Customs said that the two Bangladeshi nationals were seated in a lorry in the carpark of an industrial building in Ubi Crescent.

Checks on the lorry revealed 247 cartons and 230 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes stashed in boxes and plastic bags.

Another 1,405 cartons and 802 packets of illegal cigarettes were found in a subsequent raid on a storage unit located at an industrial building in Eunos Avenue 3. The unit had been rented by one of the men.

Both the cigarettes and the lorry were seized.

One of men was charged in the State Courts for dealing in duty-unpaid cigarettes on Friday, while investigations are still ongoing for the other.

Buying, selling, conveying, delivering, storing, keeping, having in possession or dealing with duty-unpaid goods are serious offences under the Customs Act and the GST Act.

Offenders can be fined up to 40 times the amount of duty and GST evaded and/or jailed for up to six years.