Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers found 1,057 cartons and 10 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes concealed within modified compartments behind the driver seat, floorboard and undercarriage of the bus on Wednesday (7 February) at about 1 pm.
The authority said that its officers directed an arriving Singapore-registered tour bus for further checks at Tuas checkpoint, which was driven by a 57-year-old Singaporean man.
As the duty-unpaid cigarettes found, ICA officers handed the driver, duty-unpaid cigarettes, and vehicle to Singapore Customs for further investigations.
“The vehicle used in the commission of such offences is liable to be forfeited,”it noted.
According to the authority, the duty and Goods and Services Tax of the duty-unpaid cigarettes amounted to about S$82,100 and S$6,040 respectively.
It stressed that the borders are the first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore’s security. The security checks are critical to the nation’s security.
ICA wstated that it will continue to conduct security checks on passengers and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contraband.
“The same methods of concealment used by contraband smugglers may be used by terrorists to smuggle arms and explosives to carry out attacks in Singapore,” it added.