A supply vessel was intercepted by the ICA, Police Coast Guard and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore; and found with 602 cartons and 30 packets of duty unpaid cigarettes.
The joint operation took place on 16 February near the Penjuru Terminal, and ICA shared updates about the operation on their Facebook.
Here is the statement
𝗛𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗺𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗼𝗻
On 16 February 2022, a multi-agency operation involving ICA, PCG and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore – MPA successfully intercepted a supply vessel “Sea Dragon 2” off Penjuru Terminal, as it was suspected to be smuggling prohibited items into Singapore.
A thorough check was conducted on the vessel and a total of 602 cartons and 30 packets of assorted duty-unpaid cigarettes were uncovered from the hatch located at the deck store of the vessel.
The case, which involved an Indonesian master and two Indonesian crew, was subsequently referred to the Singapore Customs for further investigations.
Safeguarding Singapore’s borders remains the top priority for ICA. Similar concealment methods may also be used by terrorists to smuggle security items into Singapore. ICA will continue to work with relevant government agencies to conduct security checks to detect and deter smuggling attempts, to keep Singapore safe.
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