Driven by a lone 31-year-old Malaysian man at about 5.20am on 11/5/2017, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers directed an incoming Malaysia-registered 40-footer truck for additional checks at the Tuas Checkpoint.
Irregularities in the skimmed images of the truck were noticed by ICA officers which was carrying a batch declared as storage cabinets. During the course of inspection, ICA officers found 2,500 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden among the shipment. The driver, duty-unpaid cigarettes and the truck were handed over to Singapore Customs for inquiries. The vehicle used in the contract of such offences is responsible to be surrendered. Total duty and Goods and Services Tax evaded amounted to about S$194,000 and S$14,370 respectively.
The ICA will carry on conducting security checks on travellers and automobiles at the checkpoints to prevent efforts to traffic in undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contrabands. The same approaches of suppression used by illegal imports smugglers may be used by extremists to traffic arms and explosives to carry out attacks in Singapore.