Officers working for the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of
Singapore managed to stop 12,479
cartons of cigarettes from being smuggled into the country in
concrete blocks late last month.
A Malaysia-registered lorry, carrying a
consignment of 16 concrete blocks, was stopped for inspection at the over-sized lorry lane at Tuas Checkpoint.
During the checks, the officersí
suspicions were aroused when they noticed anomalies in the
concrete. When they consequently drilled holes into the
concrete they uncovered duty-unpaid cigarettes encased
The 25-year old male Malaysian driver was immediately
placed under arrest and the case handed over to Singapore
Customs for further investigation.
A total of 12,479 cartons of duty-unpaid
cigarettes were retrieved from the concrete blocks, the
largest haul of duty-unpaid cigarettes uncovered by ICA in the
last five years.
The total duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST)
evaded amounted to about $1,240,430 and $90,590 respectively.
Investigations are still ongoing.