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Wednesday, February 8, 2023
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TWO MEN ARRESTED AT GUL CIRCLE, 1097 CARTON OF CIGARETTES HIDDEN AT VACANT BUILDING

In an operation conducted at Gul Circle, Singapore Customs officers checked on two men near a vacant industrial building where one of them was seen climbing over the metal gate of the building.

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Both men attempted to flee the scene but were stopped by the officers. Officers searched a store unit in the property and uncovered 1,097 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes.

The two men arrested and duty-unpaid cigarettes seized.

Both men were arrested. Officers also uncovered another three cartons and 19 sticks of duty-unpaid cigarettes in the vicinity of Gul Circle and in one of the men’s belongings respectively.

Investigations revealed that both men had allegedly retrieved the duty-unpaid cigarettes from black plastic crates inside the building, and packed them into black trash bags for delivery by other unknown persons.

Duty-unpaid cigarettes found in the first store unit of the vacant industry building.

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Officers conducted a further search of the vacant industrial building and uncovered another 1,400 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes in another store unit.

All the duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized in the operation. The total duty and Goods and Services tax (GST) evaded amounted to about $213,500 and $16,990 respectively.

Court proceedings are ongoing against both men.

Duty-unpaid cigarettes found in the second store unit of the vacant industry building.

Buying, selling, conveying, delivering, storing, keeping, possessing or dealing with duty-unpaid goods are serious offences under the Customs Act and the GST Act. Offenders can be fined up to 40 times the amount of duty and GST evaded and/or jailed for up to six years.

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Members of public with information on smuggling activities or evasion of duty or GST can call the Singapore Customs hotline on 1800-2330000 or email [email protected] to report these illegal activities.

Source: Singapore Customs

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