Duty-unpaid cigarettes concealed in the woman’s baggage (Photo: ICA).

Female Indonesian arrested for smuggling 109 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes

A 39-year-old female Indonesian was arrested for smuggling 109 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday (9 July), Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said that its officer at Singapore Cruise Centre had noticed anomalies in the scanned images of a hand-carried baggage on 5 July.

After checking the baggage, the officer then found the cigarettes wrapped in aluminium foil hidden in three boxes.

The case was referred to Singapore Customs, said the authority.

A total of 109 packets of assorted duty-unpaid cigarettes were uncovered (Photo: ICA).

“Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore’s security,” said the authority.

ICA stressed that it will continue to conduct security checks on passengers and vehicles to prevent smuggling attempts of undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives or other contrabands.

“The same methods of concealment used by smugglers may be used by terrorists to smuggle arms and explosives to carry out attacks in Singapore,” it added.