Over 1,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized

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

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

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. It 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."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 02, 2018, with the headline 'Over 1,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized'. Print Edition | Subscribe