SINGAPORE: Four men and a woman were arrested in a two-day joint operation on Wednesday (Jul 13) by Singapore Customs and the Police Coast Guard (PCG) for dealing with duty-unpaid cigarettes, said a joint news release.
A total of 18,048 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized in the operation. The total duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) involved exceeded S$154,000.
On Wednesday afternoon, Singapore Customs officers intercepted a lorry in Bukit Batok Street 21 and found 15,960 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes stored in styrofoam boxes in the lorry.
The 56-year-old male lorry driver was arrested and the lorry was seized.
Investigations by Singapore Customs revealed that the boxes of duty-unpaid cigarettes had been loaded onto the lorry at Changi Creek from a boat registered to a coastal fish farm in the waters off Pulau Ubin.
Upon receiving this information, PCG’s intelligence and Loyang region officers immediately worked together to identify the fish farm believed to be involved in this illegal transaction.
In the early hours of the Thursday morning, PCG and Singapore Customs mounted a joint raid at the identified fish farm. Two other fish farms were also raided after further investigations by PCG investigators.
This follow-up and subsequent interviews by PCG and Singapore Customs officers led to the recovery of 2,088 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes packed in styrofoam boxes and the seizure of a boat.
One man aged 51, two men aged 32, and one woman aged 50, were arrested at the fish farms. Investigations are ongoing.
Buying, selling, conveying, delivering, storing, keeping, having in possession or dealing with duty-unpaid goods are serious offences under the Customs Act and the GST Act.
Offenders will be severely dealt with. They can be fined up to 40 times the amount of duty and GST evaded, and/or jailed for up to six years.
The minimum court fine for first-time and repeat offenders of tobacco-related offences is $2,000 and $4,000 respectively. Repeat offenders who are caught with more than 2kg of tobacco products will also face mandatory jail sentences.
less cheap cigarettes on the streets
Are you sure 2k to 4k fine? If I am not mistaken, the fine is 10 times the duty evaded. Sure bankrupt
Originally posted by bowah:
“The minimum court fine for first-time and repeat offenders of tobacco-related offences is $2,000 and $4,000 respectively”
That is the MINIMUM fine. Read the sentence before your quote:
" Buying, selling, conveying, delivering, storing, keeping, having in possession or dealing with duty-unpaid goods are serious offences under the Customs Act and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act. Offenders will be severely dealt with. They can be fined up to 40 times the amount of duty and GST evaded and/or jailed for up to six years."
So I was wrong. It is 40 times, not 10 times
I think there are rwo offences. One is peddling, the other is evasion of duty. The first one is like you said, 2k to 4k. Those guilty of the lesser ofence will be the Ah Tiongs who are selling by the roadside and on the internet. But the importer will get whack by the evasion of duty.
Just now at T2 I saw NEA officers catching taxi drivers smoking inside taxi
the fine for smoking inside taxi is $100 to $200 ?
Yeah this stuff is just so crazy, people would do anything just to get more money!
Originally posted by bowah:
i don't even earn $100 a day