S’pore Customs seizes more than 3,200 cartons of unpaid cigarettes, arrests 16-year-old boy and 3 men

SINGAPORE – More than 3,200 cartons of unpaid cigarettes were seized by Singapore customs officials during an injection at an industrial unit near Loyang Drive on Tuesday, December 28.

A 16-year-old boy and three men were arrested during the operation, Singapore Customs said in a statement Friday (December 31).

Two of them were indicted in court on December 30, while investigations for the other two are ongoing.

During the operation, customs officers checked on a male suspect who was approaching a van after leaving the industrial unit.

At the same time, officers entered to inspect the unit and found another man retrieving unpaid cigarettes hidden in bed frames and storing them in canvas bags.

The two suspects were arrested and two vehicles – a truck and a van – were seized. Two other men were later arrested for their alleged involvement in contraband trafficking.

The 3,232 cartons of unpaid cigarettes found during the bite amounted to approximately $ 298,000 in evaded samples.

Customs also found 1,056 boxes of electronic pod cigarettes (compact) and 247 vaporizers in the industrial unit’s storage room. The case has been referred to the Health Sciences Authority for further investigation.

It is the latest in a series of operations carried out in December by authorities to crack down on smugglers and contraband buyers.

Over 463,000 packets of illegal cigarettes were seized this year. They were hidden in objects such as fans, mattresses, and even Chinese figures of the god of fortune.

On December 30, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) foiled an attempt to smuggle into Singapore 600 cartons of unpaid cigarettes hidden in air conditioners.

This is the second time in less than three weeks that its agents have detected a similar method of smuggling, the CIA said in a Facebook post that day.

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