Woman, 41, caught with duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden in packet of sanitary pads

Duty unpaid cigarettes found in a packet of sanitary pads (left) and concealed among clothing in the woman’s luggage. (PHOTOS: ICA)

SINGAPORE — A 41-year-old woman was caught at the Singapore Cruise Centre (SCC) on Tuesday (16 April) with duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden in a packet of sanitary pads.

According to an Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Facebook post on Thursday, officers at the SCC noticed anomalies in images of a backpack and piece of luggage belonging to the woman – a Singapore permanent resident – after they were scanned.

“Further checks revealed seven packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes concealed in a packet of sanitary pad and amongst clothing in the luggage,” said the ICA. The case has been referred to Singapore Customs for investigation.

The ICA added that such methods of concealment are a cause for concern as “similar methods may be used by people will ill intent to smuggle security items into Singapore”.

“The ICA will continue to conduct security checks to prevent smuggling attempts,” said the authority.

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