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by April 26, 2017 General

Singapore seized huge haul of chewing tobacco and contraband cigarettes from Malaysian at border

Singapore officials seized chewing tobacco and contraband cigarettes from a Malaysian man concealed among other goods. — Reuters picSingapore officials seized chewing tobacco and contraband cigarettes from a Malaysian man concealed among other goods. — Reuters picSINGAPORE, April 26 — About 750kg of chewing tobacco — a banned substance — and a total of 6,470 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint in two separate incidents last week.

In the first incident last Friday, a 47-year-old Malaysian man drove his Malaysia-registered lorry to the checkpoint at about 7.20am. Checks by ICA officers found 3,448 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes and 74,940 sachets of chewing tobacco, weighing approximately 750kg, concealed among a consignment declared as wardrobe sets.

The chewing tobacco was handed over to the Health Sciences Authority for investigation. The import and sale of chewing tobacco is prohibited in Singapore.

The following day, on Saturday (April 22), another Malaysia-registered lorry driven by a 48-year-old man was caught with 3,022 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden among a consignment declared as wheat grain and food grade bran.

Both men, the contraband cigarettes and vehicles involved in both cases were handed over to the Singapore Customs and investigations against the men are currently ongoing.

The vehicles used in the commission of such offences are liable to be forfeited.

The total duty and Goods and Services Tax evaded for the cigarettes in both cases amounted to about S$502,070 and S$37,210 respectively. — TODAY

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