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4 arrested, more than 1,300 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized by Singapore Customs

4 arrested, more than 1,300 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized by Singapore Customs

SINGAPORE: Four men were arrested and 1,390 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized during an operation in an industrial building in Tuas, Singapore Customs said in a statement released on Monday (Sep 2).

During the operation at Tuas Bay Close last Tuesday, officers noticed a Malaysia-registered tipper truck, which was suspected to be used to transport duty-unpaid cigarettes, parked in a warehouse unit.

Officers found 768 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes concealed in the hidden compartments under the cargo floorboard of the truck and 622 cartons in the warehouse unit.

Singapore Customs said that the duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) evaded amounted to about S$118,700 and S$8,750 respectively.