While safety on our shores may more often than not be taken for granted, officers from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) think otherwise. Because of their vigilance, 6,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes were found in a Malaysia-registered prime mover at Tuas Checkpoint on Friday (May 18).
(In photo: Malaysia-registered prime mover used to smuggle in the duty-unpaid cigarettes.)
Sensing that something was amiss from the scanned images of the cargo, ICA officers directed the prime mover for checks.
They then found contraband cigarettes concealed in a consignment of printer parts and roller scanners, which evaded about $512,400 and $37,556 in Goods and Services Tax (GST) respectively.
The 50-year-old Malaysian male driver, along with his vehicle, has since been left under the jurisdiction of Singapore Customs to assist with further investigations.