Officers who serve at immigration checkpoints often deserve more credit than they are accredited and because of their vigilance, our shores are kept safe till date.
As they do not simply loaf around, on Monday (May 14), a 28-year-old Malaysian’s attempt to smuggle four packs of contraband cigarettes into Singapore via the Woodlands Checkpoint was foiled.
According to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s (ICA) post on Facebook, a “meticulous” customs officer discovered the contraband cigarettes the Malaysian man had hidden in a loaf of hollowed-out bread, which was placed in a storage compartment of his motorcycle.
The 28-year-old was then compounded $800 for failing to declare and pay goods and services tax for the cigarettes.
But I have to say, that was quite a creative idea. It is impressive that the officer managed to sniff that out.