14 Oct '11, 11am

Eight Indonesians jailed for smuggling cigarettes

SINGAPORE: In the past two days, Singapore courts have jailed eight Indonesians for smuggling contraband cigarettes into Singapore via the Jurong River. Four were jailed on Friday between 18 and 22 months each for the offence. They are 35-year-old boat captain Ardila, and his three crew members, 25-year-old Iksan Tasane, and Asrul and Zaenal, both 23. During a sting operation on Tuesday, officers arrested the men with 1,164 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes in a secret rear compartment of a boat. The duty on the cigarettes is estimated to be S$102,178. In a separate case on Thursday, four Indonesians were also jailed two years for a similar smuggling offence. They were convicted for importing 1,375 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes on a vessel at Jurong River. The duty on their contraband was around S$119,000.

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