Five arrested, more than 1,100 cartons of duty unpaid cigarettes and drugs seized

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Authorities have arrested two Singaporean men and three foreign women for alleged involvement in duty-unpaid cigarettes and drug activities.

A joint operation by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and Singapore Customs at two locations uncovered drugs and more than a thousand cartons of contraband cigarettes.

In a news release yesterday, the two agencies said officers found 900 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes wrapped in brown bags in the rear compartment of a Singapore-registered van parked in a Jalan Sayang residence.

Further checks revealed another 147 cartons and eight packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes in one of the bedrooms. Investigations show that the 47-year-old Singaporean man who was residing there had purchased the contraband cigarettes from an unknown man to be resold. The driver of the van, a 36-year-old man, made the delivery.

Officers later uncovered another 65 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes in a follow-up search at the driver’s residence.

The total duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) amounted to about SGD95,030 and SGD7,690 respectively. Officers also found about 19g of Ice, three gramme of vegetable matter suspected to contain new psychoactive substances, a small amount of ketamine, 36 ecstasy tablets and various drug paraphernalia in the Jalan Sayang apartment.

The van and cash amounting to SGD52,510 were also seized.

Duty unpaid cigarettes, drugs and cash seized in Singapore. PHOTO: CNA