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Contraband cigarettes seized by ICA

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A Malaysia-registered lorry was stopped by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) last Friday at the Woodlands Checkpoint at about 5pm.

Driven by a 39-year-old Malaysian man, it was carrying a consignment declared to contain 100 rolls of Single-Face Roll Papers.

But during further checks, ICA officers found 3,346 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes concealed in a modified compartment on the roof of the lorry.

The driver, the contraband cigarettes and the lorry were handed over to the Singapore Customs. Vehicles used in such offences can be forfeited.

The potential duty and Goods and Services Tax of the contraband cigarettes amounted to $260,000 and $26,000, respectively.

ICA said in a statement yesterday that it would continue to conduct security checks on passengers and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent the smuggling of undesirable people, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contrabands.

This is because the same methods of concealment used by contraband smugglers could be used by terrorists to smuggle arms and explosives to carry out attacks in Singapore.