Customs officers bust cigarette smuggling networks
Photo: Singapore Customs
Customs officers seized about 21,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes and arrested five men and a woman during islandwide operations last week.
Singapore Customs said on Wednesday that the total value of the cigarettes seized was over $2 million, while the total duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) evaded was S$1.8 million.
Three distribution networks were disrupted.
The biggest seizure was from a prime-mover, which had a consignment of goods declared as pottery.
The vehicle, which was moving out of Jurong Port on 23 January, had 18,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden in wooden crates.
Three men were arrested in connection with this seizure.
Investigations are ongoing.