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Tue, 27 Aug 2019

Singapore Seizes 12,479 Cartons of Cigarettes Encased in Concrete Blocks

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 within.

Duty-unpaid cigarettes found within a concrete block. Photo: ICA. Click to enlarge.

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.

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