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S’PORE CUSTOMS OFFICERS ARREST BUYERS OF CONTRABAND CIGARETTES

Six men, aged between 21 and 43-years-old, were arrested in an enforcement operation by the Singapore Customs on 13 April.

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The six men consisted of five Chinese nationals and a Malaysian, one of whom was apparently helping his colleagues buy the contraband cigarettes by collating and fulfilling their orders.

The enforcement operation targeted buyers of the duty-unpaid cigarettes from online peddlers.

A total of 40 cartons, 85 packets and 116 sticks (9.8kg) of contraband cigarettes were seized.

The total duty and GST evaded was about $4,500.

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Three of the six men have been charged while investigations are still going on for the rest.

Additionally, another 11 men were fined between $500 to $5,000; they consisted of six Chinese nationals and five Malaysians.

The buyers of the contraband cigarettes were tracked down via the digital footprint of the peddlers.

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