42-yr-old Malaysian arrested in attempt to smuggle 250 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes via a Malaysia-registered lorry

The duty-unpaid cigarettes were concealed within black plastic bags (Photo: ICA).

A 42-year-old Malaysian man was arrested for his attempt to smuggle 250 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes in a Malaysia-registered lorry earlier last Thursday (9 Jan) .

A total of 250 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized from the Malaysia-registered lorry (Photo: ICA).

In a Facebook post on Thursday (16 January), the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said that its officers noticed the driver behaving suspiciously at Woodlands Checkpoint.

The lorry was then directed for further checks and the duty-unpaid cigarettes were found hidden behind the driver’s seat, covered by a black cloth.

Officers found duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden behind the driver’s seat, covered by a black cloth (Photo: ICA).

The man was subsequently referred to Singapore Customs for further investigations.

“This method of concealment is a cause for concern as similar methods may be used by people with ill intent to smuggle security items into Singapore.” said the authority.

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