ICA foils bid to smuggle duty-unpaid cigarettes into S'pore under packets of popcorn

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Syahindah Ishak | May 12, 2021, 10:04 AM

There was an attempt to smuggle duty-unpaid cigarettes into Singapore via a Malaysian-registered lorry on May 7, 2021.

Officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) at Tuas checkpoint conducted thorough checks on the vehicle after sensing something amiss.

Image via ICA/FB.

Duty-unpaid cigarettes concealed under popcorn

Duty-unpaid cigarettes were then found concealed under packets of popcorn, ICA said in a Facebook post.

Image via ICA/FB.

4,704 cartons seized

The case was subsequently referred to Singapore Customs for further investigation.

An additional 4,704 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized.

Image via ICA/FB.

ICA wrote in its Facebook post that this method of concealment is a "cause for concern" as similar methods may be used by others who intent to smuggle security items into Singapore.

ICA added that it will continue to conduct security checks on passengers, goods and vehicles to safeguard Singapore's security.

You can view the full Facebook post here:

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