Four Men Arrested For Unlawful Entry Into Singapore And Possession Of Duty-Unpaid Cigarettes
The Police Coast Guard (PCG) arrested four men, aged between 18 and 63, for unlawful entry into Singapore and possession of duty-unpaid cigarettes on 25 July 2019.
On 25 July 2019, at about 1.00 am, PCG detected a wooden craft with the four men on board at sea off Eastern Holding Anchorage, within Singapore territorial waters. The wooden craft was swiftly intercepted and all four men were arrested for unlawful entry into Singapore.
A check was conducted on the wooden craft and an assortment of duty-unpaid cigarettes were found. Buying, selling, conveying, delivering, storing, keeping, having in possession or dealing with duty-unpaid goods are serious offences under the Customs Act and the GST Act. Offenders can be fined up to 40 times the amount of duty and GST evaded and/or jailed for up to six years.
The men will be charged in court on 26 July 2019 with unlawful entry into Singapore under the Immigration Act, Chapter 133. Anyone convicted for unlawful entry into Singapore may be punished with an imprisonment term of up to 6 months, and a minimum of 3 strokes of the cane.
Commander of PCG, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Cheang Keng Keong commended the PCG officers for their vigilance and excellent team work which resulted in the swift arrest. He added that PCG will spare no efforts and will continue to take firm action against such offenders.
Source: Singapore Police Force