Updated: 01/23/2014 20:12

Twice as many contraband cigarettes seized last year

Twice as many contraband cigarettes seized last year

A total of 2.9 million packets of contraband cigarettes were seized last year. 

That's the largest haul since 2010. 

It's also almost twice as much as in 2012, where 1.5 million packets were seized. 

This was shared by Singapore Customs at a media briefing on its enforcement results for 2013. 

The number of illegal cigarette offenders dipped by 5.1% to 27,041. 

Four contraband cigarette syndicates were also busted last year. 

Of these, two had tried to smuggle over 10,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes into Singapore. 

They had done so by falsely declaring the cigarettes as floor and wall tiles, and hiding these cigarettes in specially constructed fibre tanks. 

Moving on to liquor offences, the number of liquor offenders fell by 35.3% to some 1,268.

Fuel gauge offences also dipped, from 17 offenders in 2012 to four offenders last year, 

Singapore Customs officers also noted an emerging trend of contraband cigarette peddlers using online media to sell their products. 

Last year, 11 men and two women were caught for this. 

More offenders have also been nabbed for using luxury cars to smuggle contraband cigarettes here. 

15 offenders were caught for this, up from four in 2012.

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