Man caught smuggling in 126 fake designer watches via Changi Airport

An ICA officer found 126 pieces of counterfeit watches in the man's luggage and haversack during baggage checks at Changi Airport Terminal 4.
An ICA officer found 126 pieces of counterfeit watches in the man's luggage and haversack during baggage checks at Changi Airport Terminal 4.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - A 52-year-old man's attempt to smuggle in more than 120 fake designer watches via Changi Airport was foiled by an Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer on Thursday (April 12).

Sharing what it described as a "time-ly detection" on its Facebook page, ICA said that its officer had found 126 pieces of counterfeit watches in the man's luggage and haversack during baggage checks at Changi Airport Terminal 4.

The watches have an estimated street value of $1,350.

ICA said that the Filipino man has been referred to the Singapore Police Force, and investigations are ongoing.

ICA added that it will continue to conduct security checks on passengers and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle in undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contraband items.