SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): While Singaporeans were busy celebrating the nation's birthday on Thursday (Aug 9), a Malaysian tried to smuggle thousands of sachets of chewing tobacco over the Causeway.
In a Facebook post on Friday afternoon, Singapore's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said they found the 4,510 sachets concealed in almost every part of a Malaysian-registered car at Woodlands Checkpoint on Thursday.
The illegal tobacco was stashed in the back seat, rear bumper, side panels, skirting and even the spare tyre. A 25-year-old Malaysian man was the driver.
The case has since been referred to the Health Sciences Authority.
In the post, the ICA said that Singapore's borders are the nation's first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore's security.
"The ICA will continue to conduct security checks on passengers and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle in undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contraband," it added. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network