An attempt to smuggle in e-vaporisers and related paraphernalia at Tuas Checkpoint on 16 October was foiled by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
In a Facebook post on Wednesday (21 Oct), the ICA said that its officers seized more than 5,000 pieces of e-vaporisers and related paraphernalia wrapped in black trash bags.
The authority added that the smuggling attempt was uncovered by its eagle-eyed officers who noticed anomalies in the x-ray images of a toolbox compartment underneath a Malaysian-registered lorry.
The case was then referred to the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) for further investigations.
The ICA asserted that 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, adding that it will continue to conduct security checks on passengers, goods, and vehicles so as to safeguard Singapore’s security.
Another attempt to smuggle 1,000 e-vaporisers and 24,400 e-vaporiser refill pods foiled by ICA on 16 Oct
Interestingly, another attempt to smuggle in e-vaporisers and e-vaporiser refill pods was foiled by the ICA on the very same day – though at a different location.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday (20 Oct), the authority said that its officers at Changi Airfreight Centre seized a total of 1,000 e-vaporisers and 24,400 e-vaporiser refill pods from cargo consignments declared as “bags and clothes” and “clothes and toys”.
It added that the smuggling attempt was uncovered by its eagle-eyed officers who noticed anomalies in the x-ray images of the consignments.
Similarly, the case was then referred to the HSA for further investigations.