Cigarette smuggling attempt foiled

Officers from the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority uncovered an attempt to smuggle in 2,150 cartons of cigarettes, which would have drawn duties totalling some $165,000.

The cigarettes were found hidden within the undercarriage of a Malaysian lorry that pulled up at the Woodlands Checkpoint in the early hours of Monday, carrying a consignment of concrete paving slabs.

The 34-year-old driver admitted to being aware of the contraband. He claimed he had agreed to smuggle it into Singapore to make money to pay off his family’s mortgage – he was promised RM4,000 ($1,675) – and that he was supposed to head to Bukit Batok where someone would take charge of the lorry.


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