More than 1,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes found at Woodlands Checkpoint

Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officers at Woodlands Checkpoint discovered 961 cartons and 117 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden in the roof panels of the lorry, which was entering Singapore at the time.
Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officers at Woodlands Checkpoint discovered 961 cartons and 117 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden in the roof panels of the lorry, which was entering Singapore at the time.PHOTO: FACEBOOK / IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - Officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) discovered more than 1,000 cartons and 400 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes in two separate incidents on Thursday (Nov 29).

At around 5.45pm, officers at Woodlands Checkpoint saw anomalies in scanned images of a Malaysia-registered lorry, which was not supposed to be carrying any goods.

They discovered 961 cartons and 117 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden in the roof panels of the lorry, which was entering Singapore at the time.

Soon afterwards, at 7.15pm, officers found 119 cartons and 298 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden in the rear undercarriage and door panel of a Malaysia-registered car. The car was also entering Singapore at the time.

Singapore Customs is investigating both cases.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the ICA said: "The ICA will continue to conduct security checks on passengers and vehicles to prevent any attempts to smuggle in undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contraband."