Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has announced that eight male Indonesians have been arrested for immigration offences and peddling of duty-unpaid cigarettes in a joint operation on 21 December 2016.
The three-hour enforcement blitz involved officers from ICA, Singapore Police Force (SPF), and Singapore Customs (SC) and took place in the vicinity of Yew Tee Industrial Estate.
ICA said that there were about 119 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized during the operation with the potential duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) involved amounted to about $10,460 and $1,005 respectively. Investigations into all the suspects are ongoing.
ICA stated that it takes a serious view of attempts to overstay, enter or depart Singapore illegally. Under the Immigration Act (Cap 133), the penalties for overstaying or illegal entry are a jail term of up to six months plus a minimum of three strokes of the cane, while the penalties for illegal departure is a fine of up to $2,000, a jail term of up to six months, or both.