Contraband cigs worth more than $1 million seized at Woodlands Checkpoint

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The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) seized contraband cigarettes worth more than a million dollars at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Friday.

During routine inspection of a Malaysia-registered lorry, ICA officials discovered a total of 14,519 cartons of contraband cigarettes hidden among the consignment of 24 pallets of potato chips.

The estimated value of the duty-unpaid cigarettes is about $1.5million, the ICA said in a statement.

The evaded duty and GST involved amounted to about $1.1million and $100,000 respectively.

This is one of the largest detections of contraband cigarettes at Woodlands Checkpoint.

The 36-year-old driver of the lorry was handed over to Singapore Customs for further investigations.

The vehicle was subsequently seized.