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6,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes seized at Woodlands Checkpoint

6,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes seized at Woodlands Checkpoint
A portion of a total of 6,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized is seen on display. Photo: ICA

6,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes seized at Woodlands Checkpoint

SINGAPORE – Six thousand cartons of contraband cigarettes amounting to over S$500,000 of tax evaded were seized at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Tuesday (Oct 10).

An officer from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) discovered the cigarettes hidden in a consignment of assorted vegetables at around 6am after directing a Malaysia-registered lorry for further inspections, said the ICA on Wednesday.

The driver – a 47-year-old Malaysian man – as well as the cigarettes and the lorry were handed over to the Singapore Customs for investigations.

The total duty and Goods and Services Tax evaded amounted to about S$498,192 and S$36,744, respectively.

The vehicle used in the commission of such offences is also liable to be forfeited.