Malaysian caught with cigarettes sandwiched in bread

The four packs of contraband cigarettes were hidden in a hollowed-out loaf of bread.
The four packs of contraband cigarettes were hidden in a hollowed-out loaf of bread. PHOTO: IMMIGRATION AND CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY/FACEBOOK

A 28-year-old Malaysian was caught attempting to smuggle into Singapore four packs of contraband cigarettes hidden in a hollowed-out loaf of bread.

He tried to smuggle in the cigarettes at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Monday, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

He had placed the loaf of bread in the storage compartment of a motorcycle, according to photos posted by ICA.

In the Facebook post titled "Contra-bread", ICA said a "meticulous" checkpoint officer discovered the contraband cigarettes.

The man was given a compound fine of $800 for failing to declare and pay goods and services tax for the cigarettes.

In February, ICA said the number of contraband smuggling cases went up last year, with a daily average of 247 smuggling attempts.

In March, a syndicate leader who bribed a Certis Cisco officer was jailed for five years and eight months, and fined $30 million, for crafting a plan to smuggle contraband cigarettes into Singapore.

It was the heaviest sentence for contraband cigarette offences in four years.


Correction note: An earlier version of the story said a customs officer discovered the contraband cigarettes. It was a checkpoint officer. We are sorry for the error. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2018, with the headline 'Malaysian caught with cigarettes sandwiched in bread'. Print Edition | Subscribe