More than 500 boxes of smuggled cigarettes seized in Yishun

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SINGAPORE: More than 500 cartons and 700 packs of duty-free cigarettes were seized during an operation in Yishun, Singapore Customs said on Thursday (Nov. 24).

During the operation on Tuesday, officers conducted checks on three men and two pickup trucks in a warehouse at an industrial building at 1 Yishun Industrial Street.

Unpaid cigarettes were found in modified compartments under the loading floor of the vehicles, Singapore Customs said.

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A total of 512 boxes and 759 packs of smuggled cigarettes were seized and three men – all Malaysians and aged 28 to 33 – were arrested.

In follow-up operations, customs officials seized two other trucks parked at different locations that were also suspected to have previously been used to smuggle duty-free cigarettes into Singapore.

The three men were reportedly hired to dismantle the trucks and retrieve the smuggled cigarettes from the warehouse, Singapore’s customs authorities said.

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The total import duties and goods and services tax (GST) evaded amounted to approximately S$50,200 and S$3,990 respectively. Investigations are underway.

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