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Singapore officials find 5,000+ cartons of cigarettes in 'vegetable' consignment

Last week, officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) seized thousands of cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes declared as vegetables in a lorry.

In the incident, which happened at about 4:40am, officers at Woodlands Checkpoint grew suspicious when they found "anomalies" in the scanned images of a consignment in a Malaysia-registered lorry. The consignment had been declared as "vegetables" - but when officers carried out further checks, they discovered 5,220 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden inside cardboard boxes.

"Further checks revealed that the Malaysian driver was in possession of a forged Malaysia driving license," said the authority. According to, the suspect was immediately arrested and the case was referred to Singapore Customs and the Singapore Police Force for investigations.

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