SINGAPORE — The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has arrested a 42-year-old man for his suspected involvement in importing 20 replica guns and 54 magazines without a license. A 61-year-old woman is also assisting the police in investigations.
The case started when officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) detected anomalies in scanned images of an import container at Tuas Port.
On 13 March, ICA officers unstuffed the container and discovered the shipment containing the replica guns and magazines intended for delivery in Singapore.
The Singapore Police Force classified the case as a breach of the Regulation of Imports and Exports Regulations (RIER) and launched an investigation.
Officers from Woodlands Police Division quickly identified the 42-year-old man as the intended recipient of the shipment, arresting him on the same day. Two additional replica guns were seized during the arrest.
Further investigations revealed a 61-year-old woman’s involvement in the operation.
It is alleged that she had previously assisted in importing similar items, and two more replica guns were seized from her possession.
Police investigations are ongoing.
Under the Regulation of Imports and Exports Act 1995, individuals found guilty on the first conviction to a fine not exceeding $100,000 or three times the value of the goods in respect of which the offence was committed, whichever is greater, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both.
Replica toy guns may also be deemed offensive weapons under certain circumstances, leading to potential charges under the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958.