12 Apr '11, 6am

10 arrested for peddling illegal cigarettes

10 arrested for peddling illegal cigarettes

SINGAPORE: The authorities have arrested a Singaporean and nine Vietnamese men for peddling illegal cigarettes. A total of 130 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized, with duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) exceeding S$1,000. The Singaporean man was peddling the cigarettes out of a flower pot at Lorong 6 Geylang. Customs officers who were keeping watch, saw him approached a flower pot along a walkway on the evening of the April 6. He lifted the plant to retrieve some packets of cigarettes and sell them to passers-by. Investigations revealed that the man had ingeniously stuck soil and plants onto a thin circular piece of cardboard in the flower pot and pass it off as a normal-looking potted plant. He is liable for enhanced punishment as he had been convicted previously for offences under the Customs Act. While the Singaporean man was arrested for peddling his loot...

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