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Vape refill pods and chewing tobacco seized from Malaysian lorry at Tuas Checkpoint: ICA

An attempt to smuggle some 6,000 vaporiser refill pods and 167kg of chewing tobacco into Singapore was foiled by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Wednesday (March 2).

The ICA said in a Facebook post on Thursday that officers at the Tuas Checkpoint had directed a Malaysia-registered lorry, which was transporting a consignment of soap products, for further checks.

During the checks, boxes of vaporiser refills and bundles of chewing tobacco were found concealed in the driver's resting area, located behind the driver's seat.

The ICA said the driver is Malaysian.

ICA added that the case has since been referred to the Health Sciences Authority for further investigation.

The refill pods are used in e-vaporisers - commonly known as vape pens - which are used as an alternative to cigarettes.

Last month, the ICA stopped a similar attempt to smuggle nearly 22,000 of such vape pens and refill pods into Singapore from Malaysia.

The ICA said that safeguarding Singapore's borders remains its top priority.

As similar concealment methods may also be used by terrorists to smuggle arms and explosives into the country, the ICA said it will continue to conduct security checks to detect and deter such smuggling attempts to keep Singapore safe.


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Posted by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority onย Wednesday, March 2, 2022