16 Jan '12, 5am

Police arrest human smugglers and illegal immigrant

Police arrest human smugglers and illegal immigrant

SINGAPORE: The Police Coast Guard (PCG) said from 2009 to 2011, the number of suspicious boats entering Singapore waters declined by half, to 170. The latest incident, involving two Singaporean human smugglers and a female illegal immigrant from China, took place on 14 January. A vessel was used by 56-year-old boatman Chua Kim Hai and his assistant, 40-year-old Andrew Cheng in human smuggling. Their client was 37-year-old Chinese National Lu Yun Lan, but she was unsuccessful in her attempt to enter Singapore. On Saturday at about 9pm, officers spotted two suspicious boats near Tanjong Tajam Beacon off the western tip of Pulau Ubin. As the officers neared, the boat carrying Lu beached near Punggol Jetty, while the other headed into Malaysian waters. Lu jumped off the boat and was later found hiding in a bush. She did not have any valid travel documents and had about 1,000 R...

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