4,000 boxes of unpaid cigarettes found at Tuas Checkpoint

SINGAPORE: A total of 4,000 boxes of unpaid cigarettes were found by Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officials at Tuas Checkpoint last Thursday (August 16), the authority said Tuesday.

In a Facebook post, ICA said that officers had observed "deviations in the scanned images" of a Singapore-registered truck that entered Singapore.

The truck was driven by a 47-year-old Malaysian man.

After further checks, the cartons of cigarettes were found hidden in a shipment that was declared air conditioners, the authority said.

The case was referred to the Singapore customs for further investigation.

"This way of hiding is a cause for concern because similar methods can be used by people who do not intend to smuggle security items to Singapore," ICA said.

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