Photo: Singapore Customs

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.