ICA officers find 6,700 chewing tobacco sachets hidden in car at Woodlands checkpoint

The tobacco sachets were hidden in various parts of car, including modified compartments on the left and right panels, and under the floor mat, boot compartments and floor board.
The tobacco sachets were hidden in various parts of car, including modified compartments on the left and right panels, and under the floor mat, boot compartments and floor board. PHOTOS: FACEBOOK/IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - A 28-year-old Malaysian man was caught smuggling more than 6,700 sachets of chewing tobacco at the Woodlands checkpoint on Tuesday (June 26).

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that the sachets were hidden in various parts of the Malaysian-registered car, including in modified compartments on the left and right panels, and under the floor mat, boot compartments and floor board.

The man was stopped by ICA officers at the Woodlands checkpoint, before the sachets were discovered.

ICA said that the case has been referred to the Health Sciences Authority for investigations.

"Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore's security," said ICA, adding that it will continue to conduct security checks to prevent smuggling attempts.

Those convicted of importing, distributing or sell chewing tobacco products can be jailed for up to six months and/or fined up to $10,000 for the first offence.

Repeat offenders face double those penalties, and any chewing tobacco imported will be confiscated.