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https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/5-arrested-more-than-6000-cartons-of-duty-unpaid-cigarettes-seized-by

More than 6,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized by Singapore Customs officers who observed activity at the loading and unloading bay of an industrial building in Woodlands Industrial Park.

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Four men - three Singaporeans and a Malaysian - as well as one Malaysian woman, all between 21 and 54 years old, were arrested last Thursday, Singapore Customs said in a statement on Monday (Sept 6).

Customs officers had observed boxes being transferred into a Singapore-registered truck at the loading and unloading bay of the industrial building and suspected that they contained duty-unpaid cigarettes.

They found 1,120 cartons of such cigarettes in the truck and arrested the Malaysian woman and three Singaporean men.

Further checks uncovered another 4,928 cartons in another Singapore-registered truck in the vicinity, making it a haul of 6,048 cartons in all.

Subsequently, the driver of a Malaysia-registered lorry that was suspected to be used to deliver the cigarettes was arrested at Tuas Checkpoint when he attempted to leave Singapore.

The duty as well as goods and services tax (GST) evaded amounted to $516,490 and $41,430. All three vehicles were also seized.

The agency said investigations are ongoing.

"We would like to seek the cooperation of owners of industrial premises to be alert and look out for suspicious persons and activities to prevent their premises from being misused," said, Mr Yeo Sew Meng, assistant director-general of intelligence and investigation at Singapore Customs.

The agency warned that buying, selling, conveying, delivering or storing duty-unpaid goods are serious offences under the Customs Act and GST Act.

Offenders can be fined up to 40 times the amount of duty and GST evaded, jailed up to six years, or both.

Vehicles used in the commission of such offences are also liable to be forfeited, added the agency.

Those with information on smuggling activities or evasion of customs duty or GST can call the Singapore Customs hotline on 1800-233-0000 or e-mail customs_intelligence@customs.gov.sg 

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Seems to be an increase in the number of people caught smuggling recently 😔. We are in the middle of a pandemic and still got people doing stupid stuff like this haiz 😤

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Hypersonic

Caught just by observing?? OK, can.......good job. 

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2 minutes ago, Hamburger said:

Caught just by observing?? OK, can.......good job. 

Nowadays police got supersonic x-ray eyes HAHAHHA

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Turbocharged

Think they know it was brought in, but let it through to catch the mastermind

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Turbocharged

Caught..sure no $$$ pay Fine...go Prison..still need to waste Taxpayers $$$..the best change Law..just 1 Bullet in their Head..Case Close.🤣

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Supersonic

Just 1 rotan or each carton. Just cane 1 rotan a week. 

All these cigarette butts would have ended up as litter. Good to catch them. 

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26 minutes ago, ER-3682 said:

Caught..sure no $$$ pay Fine...go Prison..still need to waste Taxpayers $$$..the best change Law..just 1 Bullet in their Head..Case Close.🤣

We play hangman here. No bullet in the head lah. We don't have Sinaloa Cartel, senor. hahahaha.

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Turbocharged

catch them dun jail them

 

ask them to finish all the cartons

 

lock them all inside smoking room :grin:

 

finish liao send them for clinical trial 

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4 minutes ago, Inlinefour said:

catch them dun jail them

 

ask them to finish all the cartons

 

lock them all inside smoking room :grin:

 

finish liao send them for clinical trial 

wah this one quite extreme

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2 hours ago, Volvobrick said:

Just 1 rotan or each carton. Just cane 1 rotan a week. 

All these cigarette butts would have ended up as litter. Good to catch them. 

i tot someone said all rotan must finish in 1 session?

might as well 1 stick cig 1 rotan. i think by the 500 rotan the body split in 2.. 

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5 hours ago, Inlinefour said:

catch them dun jail them

 

ask them to finish all the cartons

 

lock them all inside smoking room :grin:

 

finish liao send them for clinical trial 

Woah. this one evil. hahaha.

What if they say they are not smoker. hahaha

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12 minutes ago, kobayashiGT said:

Woah. this one evil. hahaha.

What if they say they are not smoker. hahaha

errr...eat all the leaves :grin:

 

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4 hours ago, Nolicense said:

i tot someone said all rotan must finish in 1 session?

Yes. That's why not enough deterrent. After first stroke bum sure becomes numb and won't feel the next 23 strokes. Split or no spilt also won't know. 

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56 minutes ago, Inlinefour said:

errr...eat all the leaves :grin:

 

woah. my mother just cook watercress soup. It makes me think of it now. hahahahahahahahaha.

 

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Wonder how they sell these unpaid duty cigarettes sia .......6000 cartons !! 

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