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Updated: 06/11/2014 23:05 | By Channel NewsAsia

3,340 cartons of contraband cigarettes seized at Woodlands Checkpoint

3,340 cartons of contraband cigarettes seized at Woodlands Checkpoint


3,340 cartons of contraband cigarettes seized at Woodlands Checkpoint

SINGAPORE: A Malaysian man's attempt to smuggle 3,340 cartons of contraband cigarettes into Singapore was foiled by authorities on Tuesday.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a statement that a 24-year-old man driving a Malaysia-registered lorry was stopped at Woodlands Checkpoint for routine checks.

The lorry was declared to be carrying "Metal Stamping Parts", but ICA officers uncovered the contraband cigarettes hidden amongst the consignments at the back of the lorry.

The estimated value of the cigarettes is S$350,000. The evaded duty and GST involved for the cigarettes totalled S$250,000 and S$24,000 respectively

The man is helping Singapore Customs with investigations. If convicted for dealing with duty-unpaid goods, he could be jailed up to six years.

- CNA/fa

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