Attempt to smuggle cigarettes, chewing tobacco into Singapore foiled

SINGAPORE (Bernama) – Singapore’s authority foiled an attempt to smuggle in 1,275 cartons and 200 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes as well as 3,030 sachets of chewing tobacco via a Malaysia-registered bus at Woodlands Checkpoint on November 27.

In its Facebook page yesterday, Singapore’s Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said its officer had followed up on his suspicions and directed the driver for further checks.

Anomalies were detected in the scanned image of the bus, and subsequent checks revealed duty-unpaid tobacco products hidden in the modified undercarriage compartment of the bus, it said.

The ICA said the case involving a 27-year-old Malaysian driver had been referred to the Singapore Customs and Health Sciences Authority.

“This method of concealment is a cause for concern as similar methods may be used by people with ill-intent to smuggle security items into Singapore,” it said.

The ICA will continue to conduct security checks on passengers, goods and vehicles so as to safeguard Singapore’s security, it added.