SINGAPORE- Two men were arrested and more than 3,700 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized by the Singapore Customs in an operation on Monday.
The duo – a 38-year-old Bangladeshi and a Singaporean, 24 – were nabbed after Singapore Customs officers uncovered 3,744 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes wrapped in black trash bags, and 288 empty green baskets in a unit at an industrial building in the vicinity of Corporation Drive, said Singapore Customs. The baskets were allegedly used as cover loads for the duty-unpaid cigarettes
The officers were monitoring the unit when the two men entered earlier, and conducted a check when one of them exited the unit.
The total duty and Goods and Services tax (GST) evaded amounted to about $319,730 and $25,440 respectively.
Investigations are ongoing.
Offenders can be fined up to 40 times the amount of duty and GST evaded and/or jailed for up to six years.
Those with information on smuggling activities or evasion of duty or GST can call the Singapore Customs hotline on 1800-233-0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.