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More than 1,000 packs of contraband cigarettes found in car tires at Woodlands Checkpoint



SINGAPORE: A total of 1,127 packages of duty-free cigarettes have been found hidden in the tires of two cars at Woodlands Checkpoint, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Thursday (Aug 22).

The contraband was discovered on Aug. 19 and 20, in two separate cases.

Two Malaysian men, aged 19 and 35, were referred to Singapore Customs for investigations, said the ICA.

2 arrested at Woodlands Checkpoint for smuggling duty-unpaid cigarettes

The Malaysia-registered car used to carry 585 packs of duty-unpaid cigarettes. (Photo: Immigration and Checkpoints Authority)

In both cases, duty-free unpaid cigarettes were found wrapped in plastic trunking and tape, and concealed inside the tires of the cars.

Duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden in their tires

(Photo: Immigration and Checkpoints Authority)

Authorities conducted checks after noticing abnormalities in spare tires and scanned images of cars.

A total of 585 packs of duty-free unpaid cigarettes were seized from a Malaysia-registered car, while 542 packs were found in a Singapore-registered car.

"These methods of concealment are a cause for concern as similar methods may be used by people with ill-intent to smuggle security items into Singapore," ICA said in a Facebook post.

"The ICA will continue to conduct security checks on passengers and vehicles as well as on safeguard Singapore's security."


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