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Swift Arrest Of Two Indonesian Men For Unlawful Entry Into Singapore And Possession Of Duty-Unpaid Cigarettes

The Police have arrested two Indonesian men, aged 25 and 58, for unlawful entry into Singapore and possession of duty-unpaid cigarettes.

On 16 November 2020 at about 9am, the Police Coast Guard (PCG) received information from a National Parks Board (NParks) contractor that one man was seen behaving suspiciously before entering the forested area near Changi Exhibition Centre.

Following receipt of the information, PCG officers worked together with officers from Bedok Police Division and Gurkha Contingent to conduct search efforts. The two men were subsequently arrested within two hours of information received for unlawful entry into Singapore under the Immigration Act, Chapter 133 and possession of duty-unpaid goods of the Customs Act, Chapter 70. Six boxes containing 300 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes, one outboard engine and one fiberglass craft were also seized.

The penalties for illegal entry are a jail term of up to six months and a minimum of three strokes of the cane. The penalties for possession of duty-unpaid goods are a fine of up to 40 times the amount of duty and GST evaded and/or jailed for up to six years.

Both men were charged in court on 18 November 2020 with unlawful entry into Singapore under the Immigration Act, Chapter 133. They have been handed over to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority for further investigations in relation to offence of illegal entry. Singapore Customs will also investigate the duo in relation to the offence of possession of duty-unpaid cigarettes.

Commander of the Police Coast Guard, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Cheang Keng Keong said, “This is one good example of a member of the public working closely with the Police to safeguard our waters and sea borders against crime and security threats. The alertness of the NParks contractor enabled the Police to swiftly apprehend the offenders.”


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18 November 2020 @ 2:30 PM
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