15 Feb '11, 4am

More contraband cigarettes smuggled via 'air'

More contraband cigarettes smuggled via 'air'

SMUGGLERS of contraband cigarettes are resorting to more 'ingenious' methods of smuggling in response to enforcement measures, Singapore Customs said on Tuesday. Singapore Customs said they had observed a rising trend in major 'air smuggling' cases involving more than 500 cartons of illegal cigarettes. In 2010, nine major cases were reported, up from the three cases reported in 2009. Smugglers also resorted to smuggling their goods by sea. In 2010, 38 major sea smuggling cases were reported, up from the 26 in 2009, with syndicates using sampans, fishing vessels and other types of sea vessels to bring the illegal cigarettes into Singapore. Some even went to great lengths to avoid detection by the authorities by hiding the contraband stashes in secret manholes and fuel compartments, Singapore Customs said. Despite this, Customs reported a record five-year low in cigarettes s...

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